CCAR Newsletter Sept - Oct 2016 - 9

(continued from front page) FROM THE PRESIDENT Rabbi Denise L. Eger

Thank you to our convention chairs, Janet Liss
and Scott Sperling, and the whole convention
planning team for the wisdom to have us
encounter firsthand the dynamic communities of
our Israeli counterparts! On Shabbat evening, our
convention spread out ‫ ונגבה‬,‫ צפונה‬,‫ וקדמה‬,‫ימה‬
all through the country to our Reform
communities as far north as Haifa and Zichron
Yaakov and as far south as the border with Gaza.
We prayed with the communities, ate with them,
and became part of them.
Many of us have relationships with Israeli
congregations and Israeli colleagues, but this
offered an opportunity to visit some off the beaten

path as well as some of our newest colleagues,
graduates of HUC Jerusalem. How blessed
we all are!
I know many of your will be leading summer
trips to Israel with your congregations. I hope
you have on your itineraries a Shabbat with one
of our Israeli communities. Perhaps it is not too
late to adjust your itinerary and arrange to spend
Shabbat outside Jerusalem at one of our many
thriving Israeli congregations. I am sure our
colleagues Gilad Kariv and Nir Barkat at IMPJ
or Yoki Amir of MARAM would be more than
happy to help you arrange a visit to one of our
newer communities.

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For Israel to become the miracle we know her
to be, for Israel to thrive and seek peace, Israel
and Israelis needs liberal, progressive Judaism.
Native Israeli Reform Judaism. For Israel's
democracy to remain secure, Israelis need a real
alternative to the medievalism of state-promoted
Orthodoxy. And our Israeli colleagues and Israeli
Reform Judaism will grow and thrive only if we
help as well. So take up the challenge with your
community; spend some time, like we did at our
Israel Convention, getting to know the Israeli
Reform Movement. You will leave with hope in
your heart for an Israel that can heal from its
hurts to be the miracle we know it can be.



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