Tag Archives: Israel

Thanks, WRJ! Fighting for Egalitarian Values in Israel

by Ronit Zemel and Liya Rechtman Last week, we had the privilege of serving as Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) delegates to the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. During the course of the week, we met leaders dedicated to the growth of the Reform movement in Israel, learned from African refugees and […]

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A Report from Jerusalem: Kotel and LGBT Resolutions Passed WZC Committee

by Rabbi John Rosove It’s bad enough that Israel is being attacked by terrorists – now mostly in the West Bank and less in Jerusalem, after Israel’s government imposed strong security measures separating East Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods from West Jerusalem Israeli neighborhoods. What is perhaps even more searing to the Jewish soul is the way […]

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The Final Day of the WZC: A Great Miracle Happened Here

by Rabbi Sydney Mintz On this final day of the 37th World Zionist Congress, it is clear that Israel continues to exist, in part, because of the vibrant and difficult tradition of machloket or debate, dissent, and disagreement at our center. This final day proved challenging in many ways, but the tikvah, the feeling of […]

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What Do We Learn From Shouting At Each Other?

By Rabbi Jack Luxemburg Sitting in a committee of World Zionist Congress, debating 19 resolutions under the theme of “The Structure of the National Institutions in the Mirror of Time,” I kept thinking of the instruction we give little children who are frustrated, angry, or upset and are striking out: “Use your words, not your […]

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What Your Vote Meant

by Rabbi Neal Gold Did you vote in the elections for the World Zionist Congress last year? You’ll recall that we spent a lot of time registering progressive Jews to vote. Well, today I saw the results of our success at the polls firsthand. And have no doubt, we were successful. ARZA garnered the largest […]

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Lessons Learned on Day One of 37th World Zionist Congress

By Andrew M. Keene On August 29, 1897, the first Zionist Congress convened in Basel, Switzerland, chaired by its pioneer and visionary leader, Theodor Herzl. One hundred and eighteen years later, the 37th meeting of the so-called “Congress of the Jewish People” was called to order this week in Jerusalem. The Reform and Progressive presence […]

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How to Ensure Reform Voices and Values are Heard Throughout the World

By Rabbi Rick Jacobs Shalom from Jerusalem! I arrived on Sunday – together with many other Diaspora Jewish leaders – for the 37th Zionist Congress – often referred to as “The Parliament of the Jewish People.” Especially as our hearts break as our people are viciously attacked throughout this beloved land, taking us further and […]

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On the Road to Jerusalem: A Current Affairs Conversation with an Israeli Taxi Driver

by Rabbi John Rosove Gidi is a handsome, 53-year-old Israeli taxi driver whose grandfather made aliyah from Iraq in the 1920s. Loquacious and charming, Gidi gave me to a 50-minute Hebrew monologue on the situation in Israel in light of the Iran agreement, the recent Palestinian stabbings of innocent Israelis, his views of the American […]

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Non-Stop Zionism at the World Zionist Congress

by Rabbi John Rosove The theme of this 37th World Zionist Congress is Zionism itself. Today, 509 delegates representing the Jewish world gathered to launch into a provocative discussion of Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli identity and how they interconnect to create a whole Jew. Hila Korach, a leading Israeli morning talk-show host, moderated a panel […]

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The Troubling and the Promising: Why Being at the World Zionist Congress is So Important

By Rabbi Jack A. Luxemburg It sounds like the beginning of a potentially provocative joke about Israeli politics: Five members of the Knesset – two from the Left, and one each from the center, the right, and from the joint Arab list – walked into a room full of Liberal Zionists… but it isn’t. Rather, […]

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