CCAR Newsletter Jan-Feb 2015 - 3

It is with profound sorrow that we inform
you of the death of our colleagues
JOEL BRAUDE (NY '96)
1940 - 2014

on October 17, 2014
He is survived by his wife, Paz;
his children, Yosef, Yonathan, and Yohji;
and his brother, Ben Braude.
Condolences may be sent to:
The Family of Rabbi Joel Braude
20 Stephen Hopkins Court
Providence, RI 02904
(401)521-4014
ISAAC NEUMAN (C '60)
1922 - 2014

on November 17, 2014
He is survived by his wife,
Dr. Eva Grunstein Neuman,
and by children, David Neuman, A. Mark
Neuman, and Jeanne Grunstein,
and grandson, Amos Grunstein.
Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. Eva Grunstein Neuman
2507 Cherry Hills Road
Champaign, IL 61822
DAVID WORTMAN (C '73)
1948 - 2014

on November 9, 2014
He is survived by his wife, Judy;
children, Taryn and Noah Wortman and Dr.
Shoshana Wortman and Jordan Lublin;
stepchildren, MIRA WASSERMAN (C' 98)
and Dr. Steve Weitzman,
and Zhanna Beyl and Ari Wasserman;
and six grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to:
Mrs. Judy Wortman
3532 Creekwood Drive #14
Lexington, KY 40502-6516
610-323-0562

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THE PRESIDENT

vibrant, complicated, hope-filled place.
We met with Israel's new president, Reuven Rivlin,
a man of contradictions. His outreach to Israel's
Arab citizens has been warm and courageous.
In the weeks since our return, he has spoken out
forcefully against the "Jewish nationhood bill" being
considered by the Knesset. He spoke eloquently
of the danger of elevating the Jewish character of
Israel over its democratic character, a fundamental
contradiction of the equal status of those two
principles in Israel's Declaration of Independence.
On the other hand, we saw no evidence that he
has reconsidered some very negative comments
about non-Orthodox movements of Judaism that
he made before he became president. He is warm
and engaging. We can only hope that he will grow
in office, now that he represents, in important
respects, the entire Jewish people. We also met
with Stav Shaffir, an incredibly impressive woman,
the Knesset's youngest member at 29 years of age,
representing the Labor Party. She is reason enough
to be optimistic about Israel's future.
As those who have traveled to Israel can attest, long
days of lectures and touring can be incredibly tiring
and intense. One day, we heard presentations by
Professor Shlomo Avineri, Israel's most distinguished
political scientist; Danny Seidman, a passionate,
politically far left expert on Jerusalem status issues;
Ruchie Avital, spokesperson for Ofra, a West Bank
settlement east of Ramallah; and Col. Danny
Tirza, the chief designer and project director of
the 451-mile-long security barrier, 95% of it a
high-tech fence, that Israel was forced to build
in response to a tidal wave of suicide bombings.
It was a day of strong and often contradictory
opinions and passions, a day that demonstrated
the complexity and danger of Israel's situation in
that volatile region, the hardiness of its democracy,
the daunting challenges that stand in the way of
a peace agreement with the Palestinians, and the
unquenchable aspiration for a brighter future,
despite everything. For me, the day's most inspiring
and moving moment came with the final remarks

of Col. Tirza, who pointed out that at the top of
sections of the barrier where it was necessary to
build a wall, rather than a fence, each one was built
with a hole. Why? To make it as easy as possible to
pull the wall down when peace comes, a day that
he, and we, pray will come speedily and soon.
On another amazing day in Jerusalem we heard
from two young reservists called up for service in
Gaza. They grew up in Israeli Reform congregations
and credit the ethical values they learned in our
Movement for being instrumental in shaping them
as people, Israelis, Jews, and soldiers. We learned
about three cutting-edge organizations: Reshut
HaRabbim, a coalition of Jewish renaissance
organizations in Jerusalem, including HUC-JIR;
Yerushalem, a grassroots coalition to enhance
the pluralism of Jerusalem; and Ginot Ha-Ir, a
community-based NGO of nine neighborhoods
that surround the wonderfully renovated old train
station and its environs. Together, these and other
partner organizations are creating amazing,
innovative options for Jewish expression and
experiences in the city, focused primarily on the
non-Orthodox, but supported by many Modern
Orthodox who realize that Jerusalem could not
survive if it became an Orthodox ghetto. Afterwards,
we celebrated the ordination of four new Israeli
Reform rabbis, bringing the total number of rabbis
ordained by HUC-JIR in Israel to 90. These talented
young leaders are helping to transform the Jewish
landscape in Israel.
The last few weeks have been terribly painful for
Israelis and all who care about the Jewish State.
The heartless and cowardly murder of four rabbis
and a Druze policeman by Arab terrorists, miles
within the Green Line, during synagogue prayers,
was an atrocity of indescribable proportions. It
offered compelling proof, if proof be needed, of the
challenges and threats that Israel and Israelis face
every day. Whatever our political views, we stand in
solidarity with them and acknowledge, with humility
and gratitude, the sacrifices they make on behalf of
us all.

!‫כל הכבוד‬
We rejoice in the achievements and honors accorded to our colleagues...
STEPHEN PEARCE (NY '72), who will serve as a
faculty member at The Kenyon Institute's Beyond
Walls: Spiritual Writing at Kenyon in July 2015.
DAVID SAPERSTEIN (NY '73), on his
confirmation by the United States Senate as
the United States Ambassador-at-Large for
International Religious Freedom, on December
CORRECTION:
ELLEN WEINBERG DREYFUS (NY '79) and JIM
DREYFUS, on the birth of their granddaughter, Avital
Nechama Richman-Dreyfus, born on October 16,

12, 2014. He is the first non-Christian to serve in
this post.
RONALD SHAPIRO (C '74), on being presented
with the 2014 Frank Zeidler Award by the
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee,
on December 4, 2014, in recognition of his
leadership in social justice and interfaith relations,
2014. Avital is the daughter of ELIZABETH RICHMAN
(JTS '09) and Ben Dreyfus. She is also the greatgrandaughter of MARIANNE and A. STANLEY
DREYFUS, ‫( ז״ל‬C '46), the great-niece of MICHAEL
WEINBERG (C '80), first cousin-once-removed of
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from his time as a rabbinical student and summer
urban intern working with Fr. James Groppi's
National Welfare Rights Organization to his
service as senior rabbi of Congregation Shalom
over the past thirty-six years. This award is named
for Frank Zeidler, a former mayor of Milwaukee.

JESSICA LOTT (RRC '12) and JOSH WEINBERG
(J '13), and the great-great-great-grandaughter of
LEO BAECK, ‫( ז״ל‬Hochschule für die Wissenschaft
des Judentums 1897).



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