Issue #545

25 August 2016 // 21 Av 5776

Featuring

Together, We Are Stronger: The World Union for Progressive Judaism Discusses Israeli Politics with Rabbi Gilad Kariv and Noa Sattath 

The World Union for Progressive Judaism Featured in Tablet Magazine for its Shomrei Torah, Torah Donation Platform

Join the Conversation: Temple Sinai, Toronto Hosts Virtual Panel on Reform Jewish Living around the World 

Live from Israel
Netzer News
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Featuring

Together, We Are Stronger: The World Union for Progressive Judaism Discusses Israeli Politics with Rabbi Gilad Kariv and Noa Sattath

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) sat down with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) the advocacy arm of the IMPJ, to discuss the political climate currently taking hold of Israeli legislation and its impact on Progressive Judaism in Israel and abroad. 

 
Watch the full WUPJ interview with Rabbi Gilad Kariv and Noa Sattath of the IMPJ here

The World Union asked the hard questions – about the struggle for an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, about the changing legislation of the Mikvah bills, and how state budgets impact the state of Reform Judaism in Israel. You can click through to find out not only how these issues impact our global Progressive community, but what you can do to help. 

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The World Union for Progressive Judaism Featured in Tablet Magazine for its Shomrei Torah, Torah Donation Platform

In May 2016, at the Veida (biennial conference) of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), Rabbi Daniel H. Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and Carole Sterling, Chair of the WUPJ, approached the stage with Rabbi Michal Ratner Ken-Tor, among others, to bestow the gift of a Torah scroll from Temple Anshe Emeth of Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Kehillat Megiddo

 
Shomrei Torah in Action: Rosh Pina Reform Congregation's Rabbi
Golan Ben-Chorin (right), Anna Kislanski (left) of the Israel Movement
for Reform and Progressive Judaism, and WUPJ's Phyllis Dorey, center,
proudly holding the Torah being donated.

The history of these two congregations – one on the wane and the other on the rise – are forever intertwined through the World Union’s Torah donation platform, Shomrei Torah. Sensing the incredible impact such an exchange can make on emerging congregations across the Progressive Jewish world, Tablet Magazine author Jan Jaben-Eilon covered the feature story in “Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Match My Torah! Congregations die and other congregations need their Torah scrolls.” 

To read the full article, click here.

Click here to find out how your congregation can donate to new and emerging congregations or receive a Torah through our Shomrei Torah program.

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Join the Conversation: Temple Sinai, Toronto Hosts Virtual Panel on Reform Jewish Living Around the World 

On September 11, 2016 Temple Sinai in Toronto, Canada will be hosting an online global panel discussion on Reform Jewish Living around the world. An initiative of Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, the virtual gathering invites Progressive Jews from around the world to experience the globality of our Reform Jewish community. 
 
Invitation to join the virtual discussion panel 

Listen in on the knowledge, insight and congregational practices these rabbis bring from their respective corners of the world:
 
 
RSVP here to join the upcoming global panel discussion from your computer today

The conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, and introduced by Temple Sinai member and past President of the World Union, Austin Beutel.
 
Send your RSVP today to receive a sign up link for this virtual discussion panel.

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Live from Israel

Open Call for Community and Congregational Leaders: Success Starts with the Beutel Leadership Seminar in Jerusalem

The Beutel Leadership Seminar, run by the Saltz International Educational Center of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), is opening its application process for nominations of congregational and community leaders to join its prestigious ten-day seminar in Jerusalem in February 2017. Courses provide practical tools as they explore Jewish texts, current political and social issues across world Jewry and Israel, spiritual pathways and concepts of Jewish leadership, and more, all within an interactive and experiential Progressive Jewish context. Scholarships are now available for applicants and nominees. 

 
It’s not as easy as it looks! 
Beutel Participants 2015 (picture by Bety Dimant)

To inquire about opportunities via e-mail, write to Rabbi Steve Burstein.
 
To nominate individuals from your congregation or find out how the Beutel seminar will transform your community, click here today.

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Netzer News

Spotlight on Summer Camps: RSY-Netzer Mega Chalutz 

The picturesque and quiet, verdant hills of Wales provided an antithetical backdrop to the exciting, passionate and intensive three-day training seminar of summer camp counselors by The Zionist Youth Movement for Reform Judaism (RSY-Netzer) in the UK. Dubbed Mega Chalutz, a mashup phrase for the English massive and Hebrew pioneering, more than 250 counselors from across the UK – and a few from elsewhere in the world – came together to learn, share and discuss Reform Zionism as the focus of this year’s camps before they head out to volunteer as summer camp counselors in RSY Netzer camps. Training sessions alternated with workshops, prayers, meals, and activities and topics ranged from connecting with Israel to Reform Jewish prayers, from tikkun olam to fostering inclusiveness among campers, and leadership skills. 

 
Meet some of the Netzer Shnat graduates who led sessions at the Mega Chalutz in this weekly video report

This year we welcomed Nancye Kochen from Australia who is currently on Shnat to lead a training session, and Orit Shoshani, Educational Coordinator for Netzer Olami, to lead educational sessions on Reform Zionism. “The level of dedication among these counselors is so amazing. They want to dive into so many topics because they’re so passionate about bringing the values of Netzer and Reform Zionism to their campers, and in a way they believe and can be authentic in talking about,” Shoshani explained. 
 
Among the rabbis and staff in attendance were Rabbi Laura Klaunser and Cantor Zoe Jacobs.

In her article for JEU European Jewish Magazine “From Generation to Generation,” Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz, who attended the RSY Mega Chalutz as a rabbinic educator for the counselors, noted: 

“Growing up in a world that seems more destabilised and more insecure with each passing day, they know what they value about their Judaism: community, ethics, wisdom, meaning, action, justice. My encounters with them were diverse, ranging from teaching a young woman how to put on tefillin, to encouraging a young man to write songs, to engaging in vigorous, stimulating debate on what it means to be a Reform Zionist. Yet they were united in a common purpose and a shared response when I asked them what the Youth Movement meant to them. It was their home and it was the place where they could grow.” 

To read Rabbi Hugenholtz’s full article in the JEU European Jewish Magazine, click here.

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Congratulations

Congratulations to James and Linda Cherney on the Marriage of their Son 

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) extends a heartfelt mazal tov to James and Linda Cherney on the marriage of their son, David, this August. 

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Congratulations to Reeva Forman on Being Awarded the Bertie Lubner Leadership Award

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) joins the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) in wishing a congratulations and yashar koach to Reeva Forman, Chairman of Temple Israel - Hillbrow in Johannesburg, on being awarded the Bertie Lubner Leadership Award by the Gauteng Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies

 
Reeva Forman, Chairman of Temple Israel Hillbrow was presented with the Bertie Lubner Leadership Award by South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

With a communal career spanning more than three decades, the World Union applauds Reeva’s outstanding services to strengthening and growing Progressive Judaism in the region.

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September 15-18, 2016 - FSU Biennial Conference, Minsk, Belarus

November 17-20, 2016 - Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) Biennial Conference, Perth, Australia

February 16-26, 2017 - The Beutel Seminar For Progressive Jewish Leadership, Jerusalem, Israel

May 13-17, 2017 - Pursue Justice: Seminar for Legal Professionals, Jerusalem, Israel

May 17-20, 2017 - CONNECTIONS 2017, Jerusalem, Israel

July 13-23, 2017 - The Bergman Seminar for Jewish Educators, Jerusalem, Israel

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