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Holding Out an Olive Branch on the West Bank

November 11, 2021
The increasingly violent actions of certain young Jewish settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians - and against their olive trees, sheep herds, vehicles, homes, water supplies, and against their persons - have deeply troubled me, as just one awful symptom of our occupation. Last spring, in the ongoing, non-violent attempts to deter the frequent harassment by their Jewish settler neighbors, I went out twice to accompany Palestinian shepherds as they grazed their flocks.

An Israeli Reform Congregation Joins its Ethiopian Jewish Neighbors in Celebrating the Holiday of Sigd

November 3, 2021
For many generations, the Beta Israel had longed to reach Jerusalem in a quest to renew their covenant with God and for spiritual redemption. So strong was their desire that they created a holiday as a time to pray for this miracle. They called it Sigd (meaning "worship") and celebrated it on the 50th day after Yom Kippur. This year it is celebrated today, November 4.

What Is Reform Zionism?

Reform Zionism is a continuation of the early Zionist dream to foster a living, breathing national culture that represents the highest ideals of Jewish peoplehood. Foremost among these ideals is for Jews to be free and liberated citizens of the world who also contribute as Jews to our global civilization.

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Congregation Beth Am photo at Pride March

 

Experience Israel

Educational Experiences in Israel

Spend the most thrilling summer of your life travelling across Israel. Learn about alternative solutions to environmental and ecological issues, earn high school or college credit through learning and living on a kibbutz, and much more.

Israel Travel Ideas

Look beyond the archeological digs, ancient cisterns and tourist sites for some of the more vacation-y fare, frequented by Israelis, but not always that well-known.

Israeli Society

LGBTQ Life in Israel

Israel has been called the "gay capital of the Middle East," which is no surprise to many of its supporters who have been touting its outstanding record on gay rights for years.