The Progressive Israel Committee focuses its interest on programs and projects which will help to expand pluralism within Israeli society. The committee looks for areas where it can help expand the progressive agenda in Israel and make TBE congregants aware of ways in which we can work to improve conditions, thereby enabling all voices to be heard. We look to educate our TBE members on current issues in Israel, such as gender equality; gay rights; inequitable government allocations for schools, synagogues and other public services; peace efforts, etc., and suggest actions based on our liberal Jewish values.
Israel Committee Breakfast with Yossi Ben-Dor and Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen
Tuesday, December 5, 9:30 am
Come hear from Yossi Ben-Dor, the president of Kehilat Tzur Hadassah, and Rabbi Na’ama Dafni-Kellen from Congregation Ohel Avraham in Haifa. Yossi will share what is happening in the growing Reform congregation at Tzur Hadassah. Rabbi Na’ama will share her thoughts as a reform rabbi in Israel. They will provide us with an opportunity to learn how Reform Judaism is growing in Israel despite the obstacles and challenges posed by State funds being heavily tilted toward the Orthodox. For more information, please contact Michael Gilman.
New England Region FIDF Annual Dinner
Tuesday, December 5, 5:00 pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for education and wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces as well as the families of the fallen soldiers. The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry in behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.
The temple’s Progressive Israel Committee focuses its interest on programs and projects which will help to expand pluralism and democracy within Israeli society. And, we work to support our Movement in Israel and its efforts to promote these ideals.
Speaking to Israeli reporters after his September meeting with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that his government will neither recognize the Reform Movement in Israel nor attempt to curtail the powers of the Chief Rabbinate, which currently controls personal status in Israel. What had been made clear through his actions has now been made explicit by his words.
This is simply not acceptable. We are angry and we are insulted. We need to respond by helping to build the Reform movement on the ground. We need to support what is to be a massive PR campaign to connect Israelis with our movement and our struggle to fight for the religious and civil rights of every Israeli citizen.
ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) is “TAKING BACK THE Z”: An unapologetic love for Israel, the land, the people and the State, is at the core of our beliefs. Modern Zionism encompasses our values of democracy, pluralism, and equality. That love of Israel demands honesty and a commitment to the continuation of building a morally exceptional society in the Jewish state. This is not a new concept. But today’s challenges demand nuanced action and strong leadership. ARZA provides the vehicle, the voice, the Movement.
Given ARZA’s love for the people of Israel, the organization has most recently been engaged in two pressing matters: Collecting funds to help those touched by the terrible fires that ravaged many areas in Israel. And, on another front, ARZA has joined with its friends and colleagues in the Conservative Movement to speak out against the hatred expressed by those who desecrated the Kehilat Ra'anan Reform synagogue in Ra'anana.