25 August 2016 // 21 Av 5776
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.
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. 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:
- Rabbi Pauline Bebe is the rabbi of Communaute Juive Liberale, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Paris, France. She was the first female rabbi in France, and the first female rabbi to lead a synagogue there.
- Rabbi Leonid Bimbat was ordained in 2007 by the Leo Baeck College in London, and is currently the rabbi of Le Dor Va-Dor in Moscow.
- Rabbi Ruben Sternschein is currently the rabbi of Congregacao Israelita Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the largest synagogue in Latin America.
- Naomi Efrat is a student Rabbi at Kehillat Ramot Shalom in Be'er Sheva and entrepreneur of the Reform Community. Additionally, she directs a nationwide Jewish Renewal project, which has four community batei midrash (study houses) in Israel and runs social-action programs in the field of Jewish renewal.
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. 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 nominate individuals from your congregation or find out how the Beutel seminar will transform your community, click here today. 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.
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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