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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Pre-WZC Meeting with the Knesset

By Lynn Magid Lazar As Dr. Seuss wrote in one of my favorite books, “Oh, the places you”ll go!” Yesterday, this phrase kept resonating with me. We began the day at Beit Shmuel, the Reform Movement’s terrific guest-house in Jerusalem. In fact, visiting this gorgeous piece of real estate in Jerusalem is absolutely worth a […]

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#WZC2015: Shabbat in Tel Aviv

by Lynn Magid Lazar Greetings from Tel Aviv! It’s certainly a different city from Jerusalem and yet in so many ways it is utterly and consistently Israel. The differences could not be more dramatic! Take for example, the landscape—or should I say seascape. The beaches in Tel Aviv are gorgeous and we have had spectacular summer-like […]

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WZC Resolution on Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Israel

by Rabbi John Rosove When I led a congregational tour of Israel three years ago , our group spent a morning walking around South Tel Aviv near the old bus station to see how 53,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers lived. Mostly male, they had fled on foot from two of the most violent and […]

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My First Day in Israel for the WZC: Nostalgic, Fearful, Resolute

by Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks As I rode in the back seat of the taxicab from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem, I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic as we climbed through the hills entering the city. I waited with bated breath to pass the “Bruchim Habaim” (“Welcome”) sign that marks the entrance to our holy city. […]

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Why I’m an ARZA Delegate in the World Zionist Congress

by Rabbi Danny Burkeman I should really be sleeping instead of writing this. I’m sitting on an El Al airplane somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, and if I’m going to have any chance of controlling the inevitable jet lag that comes with a 10-hour flight and a seven-hour time difference, then I should be asleep. […]

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When It Comes to the Middle East, It Can’t Be All Black and White

by Kendra Gerstein As a community, we feel deeply the recent acts of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank. It is painful to see these senseless attacks being repeated day after day. Many of us feel both angry and sad as these events continue to unfold. As fears and tensions rise, the outcry is […]

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Tuesday in Jerusalem: Before the WZO Congress

by Lynn Magid Lazar It’s Tuesday in Jerusalem. The World Zionist Organization (WZO) Congress does not begin until a week from today. You remember all the ‘buzz’ about the WZO and voting for the ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) slate? Earlier this year, from January through April, every American Jew was urged to vote […]

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The World Zionist Congress Begins This Week – and the Reform Movement is There!

by Rabbi Josh Weinberg I am sure that over the past couple of weeks you have watched the news coming out of Israel with grave concern. These new terror attacks are both difficult to deter and impossible to predict: One Israeli friend of mine commented, “It feels like 2002 all over again, except all the […]

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And the envelope, please…

Shalom Haverim, The results of the World Zionist Congress elections are in, and we are proud to report that ARZA was the clear winner. We secured 56 seats out of a possible 145 – almost 40% of the U.S. delegation, and as many seats as the next two slates combined. Thank you for your passion, […]

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The Ides of Iyyar

By Josh Weinberg Iyyar, so far, has been a tumultuous month. On Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, just 11 days ago, the world witnessed something that could only happen in Israel. After 26 years of holding month minyanim at the Kotel, the Women of the Wall were finally able to recite that day’s reading from an actual […]

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