Tag Archives: Middle East

Jerusalem of Snow

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Union for Reform Judaism’s 72nd Biennial.  I met new people, reconnected with old friends, attended interesting learning sessions and sang my heart out at Shabbat services with 4,500 other people–and I got to do it all in sunny San Diego, California.  It was amazing!   The only thing missing was snow.  My friends tell me I’ve got it all wrong, but I am Midwest girl at heart; having grown up in Chicago, spent my summers in Wisconsin and gone to university in St. Louis, I firmly believe that all December’s, January’s and February’s need snow.      Read more…

Rabbi David Saperstein and Major General Doron Almog

Doron Almog, Director of the Headquarters for Economic and Community Development of the Negev Bedouin, talks at the Religious Action Center

This morning, the RAC had the privilege of hosting Maj. Gen. (Res) Doron Almog, the Director of the Headquarters for Economic and Community Development of the Negev Bedouin.  Maj. Gen. Almog is in charge of implementing the national policy of development and societal integration of the Negev Bedouin. Read more…

Rabin and Aloni singing together

18 Years After Yitzhak Rabin

My first memory of being taught of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination was during the summer of 2006 as a camper in the Hebrew-immersion program at Olin-Sang-Ruby-Union-Institute.  Our counselors spoke almost exclusively in Hebrew, bringing Israel to us in a way we’d never experienced before.  One of the many ways we learned Hebrew was through Israeli songs.  One particular morning, we were reading and translating “Shir LaShalom,” a song that calls on us to sing loudly for peace in the town square instead of whispering a prayer.
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Goodbye from the LAs

Today the five Eisendrath Legislative Assistants say goodbye after an amazing year representing the Union for Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. We have worked on nearly 70 different legislative issues, represented the RAC in countless coalitions, seen some bills signed into law and others tragically defeated, said goodbye to one Congress and welcomed the next. All in all it has been an incredible year.

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F.C. Barcelona Shoots For Middle-East Peace

When F.C. Barcelona, one of the world’s most elite soccer teams, visited Israel and the West Bank this week, the world’s most popular sport was on display not for the sake of athletics but for the sake of diplomacy. Although the trip was planned before the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, F.C. Barcelona’s “Peace Tour” was a perfectly-timed boost for renewed negotiations. Read more…

Reform Movement Encouraged Peace Talks to Resume; Commends Secretary Kerry’s Personal Involvement

Kerry Peres AbbasU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to a basic set of principles to resume peace talks. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, reacted warmly to the news, explaining:

“We welcome this apparent progress toward peace, commend Secretary of State Kerry for his leadership and effort and pledge our support for such efforts as they move forward. We pray that this is the beginning of a process that will lead to a lasting agreement that will bring true peace and stability for a region that has known conflict for thousands of years. We call on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with a true willingness to work for peace and we pray that the vision of the prophets will soon be fulfilled.” Read more…

BREAKING: Direct Peace Talks to Resume

After months of intense shuttle diplomacy, Secretary of State Kerry has scored a diplomatic breakthrough. For the first time in three years, it appears that Israelis and Palestinians are going to engage in direct peace negotiations. Read more…

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