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Israel Committee


Upcoming Events - Nov 16 & 17

A Weekend with Rabbi Uri Regev (President of Hiddush)

Shabbat Drash: "The Challenges Facing a Jewish State Today" and Saturday Presentation: "Strains in the Relationship between Israel and American Jews"
Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm, in the Sanctuary; Saturday, November 17, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in the Chapel

Rabbi Uri Regev is the president of Hiddush (www.hiddush.org), an Israeli-Diaspora partnership that advocates for religious freedom and equality in Israel and opposes efforts to restrict and delegitimize Reform, Conservative, and even Modern Orthodox streams of Judaism.

The Israeli Declaration of Independence embodies two ideals: that Israel will be a homeland for the Jewish people and that Israel will be a democracy with equal rights for all and freedom of religion. There has always been some tension between these ideals, but that tension has increased significantly in recent years. The Nation-State Law is seen by Israel's Arab and other non-Jewish citizens as a threat to their status and rights, but these increased tensions also deeply affect the Jewish population of Israel and Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. These tensions manifest themselves both in the religious sphere, where progressive and pluralistic Judaism is attacked, and in civil society, with a reduced tolerance for open debate about difficult subjects. They also threaten to divide Israel from the majority of the Diaspora, who are progressive and pluralistic Jews that deeply believe in democratic ideals.


 



The Israel Committee welcomes diverse points of view and frank discussion, while adhering to CBI's basic principles of:

1. Israel's existence as a democratic Jewish state within safe and secure borders.

2. Sharing the vision stated in the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel as the Jewish homeland committed to ensuring the "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex...guaranteeing freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture..."

3. Fostering and supporting Jewish pluralism, mutual respect, and tolerance among the various streams of Judaism and civil society in Israel, and, in particular, the recognition and rights of the Reform/Progressive Movement in Israel.

The committee sponsors presentations by scholars and artists (often cosponsored by the Adult Education Committee), and promotes and supports our relationship with our sister Reform congregation in Holon Israel. Please email our committee chair, Dan Rabovsky, if you are interested in learning more. 

 

Tue, December 11 2018 3 Tevet 5779