Posts Tagged: Reform

Personal Reflections on the Recent Zionist Meetings in Israel



The last two weeks of June were sort of a blur of meetings and conferences in Israel. Many of our ARZA leaders participated in several of these meetings including Rabbi Bob Orkand, Didi Gilbert, Sue Fratkin, Ellie Danker, Phil Meltzer, Rabbi Stan Davids, and Bill Hess. The various meetings also included the leadership of the […]

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Movement Greetings for Reform Israel Shabbat



On behalf of all the branches of our American Reform Movement, Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom. Tonight we, as a movement, celebrate Israel’s 64th Birthday. We might wonder, to paraphrase the McCartney song we sang decades ago, “Does Israel still need me when she’s 64?” The truth is we, the American Jewish community, our Movement, […]

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Upon Meeting Israel



By Melissa Beiser Israel was that man that my parents were trying to set me up with for years that I’ve been avoiding planning a date with. Israel is that friend that I always wanted to meet but we always seemed to move in different social circles. Israel is that remedy that all of my […]

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Freedom Rides and Photos



In early March of this year, my husband and I spend two weeks in Israel. Our guide Muki has been a friend for many years and I trust him to recommend learning experiences that will expand my understanding of Israel and Judaism. A week before we left for Israel, he suggested we try a “freedom […]

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The Israel Upon Which I Was Raised



by Rabbi David M. Weis As Israel celebrates the 64th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence, I am celebrating my 57th birthday. I share that information, because my age tells a great deal about how Israel fits into my life and worldview. I was raised in the early years of the State of Israel. I […]

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