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Thoughts from Israel as “Operation Protective Edge” Continues

by Rabbi Stanley M. Davids As the tragedy in Gaza and throughout Israel continues to unfold, it might be helpful to share some of our personal experiences and feelings.  You certainty don’t need our letters to get the latest facts on the ground, though it is obvious to us that much of what is being reported as facts by multiple sources throughout the world may fall […]

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Under Siege: Jerusalem

by Resa and Rabbi Stanley Davids We made Aliyah on February 22, 2004. We were sitting in our taxi happily chatting about our decision to center our lives in Israel when we approached our new home. As we slowed to make a turn, we looked right and saw a destroyed bus stop. Earlier that day, […]

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An Account of Life in Israel

by Janet Toar How can I write an account of what it is like to live through alerts, sirens, constant worry… to be so immersed in minute-by-minute reporting; thoughts of soldiers, political and military decision makers, children’s reactions, world opinion, and the effect on tourism, economy, quality of life, our personal and national security, and […]

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Global Sisterhood

During our recent mission to Israel, WRJ President Blair C. Marks, WRJ Immediate Past President Lynn Magid Lazar, and I had a chance to visit with numerous women’s groups that have joined WRJ-Israel in recent years. My major take away from those meetings is how much they long for connections and support from their North American […]

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Shalom from Jerusalem

Hard to believe that the WRJ leadership has been here in Israel just a week–we’ve packed in so much that it feels like a month! The weather has been glorious and our meetings have been very fruitful.Most of this first week was spent doing WRJ business. We visited with about half a dozen of our women’s […]

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Celebrating 25 Years of Women of the Wall

The Reform Movement missions include youth, lay leaders and clergy, including a mission from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and the Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) and a NFTY mission, together totaling 69 lay leaders, 28 clergy, and five young adults.

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From Tucson to Nahariya – women connect!

by Sharon Mann The spirit and values of Judaism bind Jews as a people, whether they live in Israel or in the Diaspora. We all share a religion, traditions and a way of life. When I joined Kehillat Emet VeShalom (affiliated with Israel’s Reform and Progressive Movement) in Nahariya, I found that acting as a […]

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An incredibly successful intercontinental friendship

by Norma E. Cohen Two years ago, when Women of Reform Judaism of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona, was still morphing from a sisterhood that did a lot of cooking and baking to one with a more educational, spiritual and social action focus, we joined a new WRJ twinning program that we hoped might fulfill […]

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Women of the Wall: July’s Rosh Chodesh

Originally posted on July 9, 2013 on Michelle Citrin’s Blog. by Michelle Citrin If I were to describe the following scene, “ A group of men with hate in their eyes, and spit flying out of their mouths as they shouted hateful things against a group a Jews, what’s the first image that pops into […]

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Ma’ayan B’Midbar – A Well Spring in the Desert

By Lori Kotlen Stark The first time I ever heard of Kibbutz Yahel, I was a high school student, temple youth grouper and newly elected regional officer of MAFTY, now NFTY-MAR (Mid-Atlantic Region of Temple Youth). Within a short period of time, it seemed the whole North American Reform Movement was infused with the excitement of building Reform Jewish […]

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