Posts Tagged: Israel

Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by Dan Ephron



Twenty years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, a horrible question arises: Was the murder a complete and unmitigated success? I remember exactly where I was on November 4, 1995:  dozing with family on a lazy Shabbat afternoon. The TV was on, and it grabbed our attention when the program cut to breaking news. Rabin […]

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Im Tirtzu: Just Lashon Hara or Worse?



By now, many of us have seen the video. It opens with a horror-film score and a scene of everyday Israeli life. A dark, bearded, sinister man approaches the camera and raises a knife. You, the viewer, are the victim of a terrorist attack. The narration then begins, in the tone of a spy thriller. […]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs

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



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 further from the peace […]

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URJ Calls for an Immediate End to Violent Attacks in Israel



In a press release issued today, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement: The growing number of violent attacks on Jews and Jewish sites in Israel must end. Continuing on this course puts Palestinians and Israelis on the precipice of a conflagration that will end only with greater bloodshed. Today’s arson desecrating Joseph’s […]

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Israel’s Latest Terror Wave: The Global Reform Movement Responds



A rash of stabbings and other terror attacks on Israeli citizens have increased alarmingly over the past few days. The World Union for Progressive Judaism, proudly headquartered in Jerusalem, condemns these acts. The cruelty of those who attack innocent civilians and children on their way home from school seems to know no limit. The WUPJ mourns […]

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URJ President Responds to Announcement By Palestinian Authority President



President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the URJ, released the following response to Wednesday’s announcement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: We are deeply disappointed by yesterday’s announcement from Palestinian Authority President Abbas that the PA will no longer abide by the terms of the Oslo Accord. For more than two decades, the Accords have […]

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How We’re Creating Vibrant Jewish Life in Israel and Around the World



by Rabbi Nir Barkin The Book of Deuteronomy, my favorite, begins with this passage as the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land: These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan. – Through the wilderness, in the Arabah (desert)…in accordance with the instructions that God had […]

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Coming Full Circle: The NFTY in Israel Tikkun Olam Experience



by Sharon Mann The phrase “what goes around, comes around” came to mind recently as I remembered back five years to the time I saw my daughter, Ayelet, off on a flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto, Canada. She was headed to URJ Camp George, a Reform Jewish summer camp where she would spend the […]

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Reform Jewish Movement Responds to Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran



In response to today’s announcement by the P5+1 and Iran, leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement issued the following statement: This morning, after extensive negotiations conducted under intense international scrutiny, P5+1 negotiators, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, announced that they have reached an agreement with Iran over that country’s nuclear program. We in […]

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Reform Movement Responds to Israeli Religious Services Minister’s Disparaging Comments



Reacting to disparaging comments made about Reform Judaism by David Azoulay, the Israeli religious services minister, President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: It would be one thing if Minister Azoulay’s ignorant and myopic views of Reform Judaism were nothing more than this his own semi-coherent ramblings. The […]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Israel: Front and Center



As we all wait for word about the future of the critical talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna, I want to share a few thoughts about my recent time in Israel, meeting with politicians, fellow Reform Movement leaders, and some of the talented individuals staffing our Israel programs this summer. It was a […]

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Engaging and Enriching Older Immigrants to Israel



by Sharon Mann Congregations are always thinking of new ways to attract and interest younger members. While this is, of course, essential, it is perhaps just as important for congregations to consider what they are doing to engage and enrich older members who want to remain connected as they deal with circumstances that arise later […]

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Reform Movement Wins World Zionist Congress Election By Significant Margin



The Reform Jewish Movement was the clear winner in the critical World Zionist Congress election, according to results released today. The ARZA slate, representing the Reform Movement, secured 56 seats out of a possible 145, winning nearly 40 percent of the votes cast in the United States – more than the amount of the next […]

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Together in Israel: Reimagining the Congregational Israel Trip



We check in with the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY, which, after a recent congregational trip to Israel, shares successful strategies for building intergenerational relationships and reimagining the “standard” congregational trip.

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