TEMPLE TRIP WILL CONFRONT CURRENT RELIGIOUS TENSIONS IN ISRAEL
A great group of Central Reform Temple members has signed up for our upcoming journey to Israel, April 8‐14, 2013. We do have about 6 spaces available, and we hope that anyone who has been considering sharing this unique experience with us will make their reservations now. Registration deadline is March 31st. We want to assure everyone that of course we will be monitoring the political situation ‐ while things are stable now, they are constantly changing. Regular travel to and from Israel has been normal, and we do not foresee any undue problems, but will respond appropriately to current developments as the time draws near.
Our personally tailored program of meetings, tours and discussion seminars continues to unfold, and we are confident that our visit will have a very special and unique perspective. Our Central Reform Temple tour of Israel will feature a unique itinerary of special programs exploring the major issues facing Israel today, with a special focus on the progress of Reform Judaism in the country. In addition to discussions with leading figures working for peace and reconciliation with Palestinians, and interfaith dialogue with the Christian and Muslim communities, our program will help us connect in a very personal way with the liberal religious voice represented by the Reform Movement in Israel. We will be attending Shabbat services at Jerusalem’s pioneer progressive synagogue, Har El Congregation, and participate in special seminars with leading rabbis and educators ‐ both from our rabbinic seminary, Hebrew Union College, as well as the Israel Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. One of the leaders we’ll meet is Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Center. Anat has recently become a major public symbol of resistance against the extremist fundamentalism that exercises disproportionate control of public support for religious affairs, as well as authority over sacred sites that are the inheritance of all Jews. On October 16, Anat was arrested at the Western Wall for publicly reciting the Shema ‐ forbidden for women under Orthodox law, and enforced on all visitors to the Wall. A major public outcry led to her release from jail the following day, but this unimaginable event dramatically demonstrates the need for American Reform Jews to be educated on these issues, so often overshadowed by the broader security concerns facing Israel today.
Registration deadline is March 31st. Costs of the land package, including hotel, is $1700 per person, with flight arrangements made individually. For all the information about the trip and to register, visit: https://www.arzaworld.com/FlippBook/Central_reform_temple_boston/
Simply click the link below for the flipbook that has the entire program and itinerary.