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We Hold All of these Truths

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
May 20, 2021
The current wave of violence in Israel and Gaza is a heartbreaking human tragedy. The loss of innocent life (including that of children) rends the heart, destruction of homes and endemic fear defy the peace and security in which every human being deserves to live.

Choosing Vision Over Victimhood

Rabbi Marc J. Rosenstein
May 19, 2021
he current violent events in Israel have a strong tinge of déjà vu for me. However, over the past two decades, I’ve had the time to envision what a Jewish state might look like.

To Life: An Israeli Wedding Story

Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem
May 19, 2021
Shira and Ron, two young industrial engineers, approached me this past March, when Israel took its first steps out of the pandemic.

A Prayer for Peace

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
May 11, 2021
As Reform Jews, we stand strongly together with our brothers and sisters in Israel. Over the past 48 hours, Hamas has launched a massive barrage of rocket fire on southern and central Israel. At last report, six Israeli civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands more - from Tel Aviv to Beersheba –are confined to bomb shelters. Innocent civilians in Gaza have fallen victim to this latest round of violence as well. Furthermore, the rapid escalation of violence within Israel's own borders between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel is a new, and deeply troubling, development. We pray that calm will be restored soon.

A Prayer for Jerusalem

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
May 10, 2021
Today we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, the anniversary of that fateful day in 1967 when the Israeli paratroopers reached the Western Wall and announced: "הר הבית בידנו" -- “The Temple Mount is in our Hands.” That moment ushered in the the promise for Jews everywhere, after years of dreaming and longing, to come and pray before this sacred space. 

Meet the First Reform Rabbi to be Elected to Israel’s Parliament

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
May 10, 2021
Rabbi Gilad Kariv made history on March 23, 2021 when he became the first Reform rabbi to win a seat in the Israeli Knesset. The former head of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism is number 4 on the Labor Party slate. The following is adapted from his debut address to Parliament as a member.  

A Bittersweet Reunion with the Shtisel Family

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
April 13, 2021
Sometimes the acting ends in joy and other times the results are devastating. Ultimately, the writers and actors draw us into their stories so that we cannot deny that art can elicit understanding, peace, and even deep love.

7 Movie Stars Who Have Played Israeli Prime Ministers

Gabe Friedman (JTA)
April 12, 2021
Just a month after it was announced that the Israeli star Shira Haas would portray Meir in a TV series, The Hollywood Reporter revealed this week that Oscar winner Helen Mirren would portray Israel’s only female prime minister in an upcoming biopic.