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When Dreams Become Reality: Comunidad B’nei Israel Costa Rica Celebrates 30 Years

In 1984, two kindergarteners from Country Day School in San Jose, Costa Rica (Saul Herckis and Alberto Bonilla) discovered they were Jewish. Their parents, who did not belong to the Centro Israelita, the only synagogue in the country at that time, because they were not Orthodox in their believes or practices, began to meet weekly to celebrate Shabbat. They were soon joined by other families who sought communal prayer and celebration in a more spiritual, and less rigorous, Jewish framework. 

And in those first gatherings, Communidad B’nei Israel of Costa Rica was born.

Where Eco Meets Israel in Hungary: A Special Event by Arzenu Hungary

A special event by Arzenu Hungary, the local Zionist organisation of the Reform movement, and the Israeli Cultural Institute was many months in the making. Erika and Tamas from Arzenu invited two outstanding presenters, educators from the unique Arava region of Southern Israel to offer a glimpse of the amazing intellectual capacity, wonderful green projects, research and entrepreneurship thriving in this wild and beautiful, remote desert landscape.

Condemnation From Across our Global Movement: The World Union And Regions Respond to Netanyahu’s Comments on Reform Judaism

On September 19, while visiting New York to speak at the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel of using their partnership in the Western Wall agreement as a clandestine way to gain recognition. The World Union, along with its regional affiliates, responded to his charges with the following statement.

Netzer Summer Camps 2017 By the Numbers

2017 was a summer to remember – full of Jewish enrichment, leadership engagement, and activities for children and young adults all over the globe. If you’ve ever wondered about the scope of impact and outreach by Netzer Olami, the World Union’s youth and young adult movement, then read up on all the numbers and details below:

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WUPJ hosts and organizes seminars, lectures, activities, and other events all around the world.

Nov 03-06 2017 Communidad Bnei Israel, Costa Rica
When Dreams Become Reality: Comunidad B’nei Israel Costa Rica Celebrates 30 Years
Dec 06-10 2017 Boston, MA
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial Conference
Dec 07 2017 Boston Marriott Copley Place
International Humanitarian Award Dinner
Feb 15-25 2018 Mercaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel
The Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership
Feb 17-24 2018 Caribbean Cruise
Igniting the Musical Jewish Soul
Nov 15-18 2018 Melbourne, Australia
The Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) Biennial Conference

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