June 1-3, 2018 – A Weekend in Philadelphia – “Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land:” An American Jewish Encounter in Philadelphia
Our domestic “Touring as Torah” trip for this year will take us to the birthplace of American Independence for a weekend of encounters with the great landmarks of our Nation’s birth: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin sites, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. In addition to our touring of this beautiful historic city- now experiencing dramatic renewal, we will study the great documents that were written here and are the foundations of our Democracy – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Tour begins on Friday, June 1st at 2:00 pm – gather in the hotel lobby
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PRIOR 2017 CRT TOURING AS TORAH TRIPS
ISRAEL – March 13-22, 2018
An American Jewish Encounter with Israel: Roots and Ties – Faith and Culture – Dialogue and Dissent
Modern Israel is a complicated mix of all of these themes for us. We are bound to this land, this nation and its people by deep ties of history and destiny. There is incredible beauty and inspiration in visiting Israel, but the stark disconnects between our own understandings and commitments as American Reform Jews – and the complex political and religious forces that shape Israeli life today – can leave us with many painful dilemmas as we seek to navigate this unavoidable relationship. In the midst of the exciting, impressive, transforming- and very fun-filled experiences we will share, our visit will forthrightly embrace all of these ambiguities… as we seek new insights and ways to confront the challenges.
If you have visited Israel before – even many times we are confident that approaching this journey with the always special CRT perspective will offer new dimensions of meaning. If you have never been to this historic birthplace of our Jewish faith and values, which is also a vital and critical stage for the events that are shaping our world today, we know that you will come away with a profound and memorable experience – made all the more special by being shared with our CRT family. Please sign up to be on our list as we plan this experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CRT’s 2017 Journey to Spain
Our journey to Spain provided us with an opportunity to encounter and experience the Jewish heritage of what is known in our tradition as Sefarad – from Roman times in the First Century through the “Golden Age” of coexistence with Muslims and Christians from the 9th to the 14th Centuries – tragically ending with Expulsion and Inquisition in 1492 ‐ and now witnessing a new era of rebirth. We explored the beautiful cities of Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Barcelona. Continue to read about our trip to Spain, including Rabbi Berman’s poem “Kaddish at Parking Space Number 9.”
Pictured above left to right, CRT members enjoy Shabbat dinner with the Reform congregation in Madrid, Rabbi Berman conducting Torah study by the statue of Moses Maimonides, the group in the gardens at the Alhambra
May 2017 trip to New York City!
Gantze Apple: A Weekend in Jewish New York
As part of our learning experience our touring at Torah programs provide our members a chance to learn and visit one city within the US and one trip abroad. Our trips this year are New York City and Spain. The last weekend of April our congregation traveled for the Gantze Apple: A Weekend in Jewish New York. Members Shelly Cohen and Dr. Joseph Zibrak provide their reflections below.
Photos: top left, CRT at the Statue of Liberty; top right, Ellis Island where many of our ancestors first arrived in the USA, bottom left, CRT at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, bottom right, Our tour guide telling us about Shearith Israel, oldest Jewish congregation in the USA.
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