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JRF Israel Task force report from 2004

Israel, Movement Activities

Adina Newberg, an Israeli-American, describes the inner transition that comes with travelling between her two homelands. 

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Words of remembrance and appreciation on the loss of Israeli leader Yossi Sarid

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Writing from Israeli during a tense period, Adina Newberg reflects on Hanukkah's imagery of light in the darkness.

Israel, Hanukkah

Adina Newberg sees the ideals of Israel's Declaration of Independence under increasing pressure, but also acted out by community leaders.

Israel, Hanukkah
Writing from Israel during a wave of terror attacks, Adina Newberg finds hope during Hanukkah in grassroots initiatives for coexistence.
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he Reconstructionist movement is overjoyed that on Jan 31, 2016, the Israeli cabinet voted to dramatically expand the space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel. This is a blessed and welcome decision.
Israel, Israel

During a time of communal controvery over Israel conversations, Rabbi Sid Schwartz issues a clarion call for open debate and free expression. 

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A reflection by Rabbi Deborah Waxman on marriage equality in the US and Israel

Movement Activities, Israel

Prayer For The State Of Israel from Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim, the Shabbat and Festival siddur of the Reconstructionist Movement

Israel, Ritual and Liturgy
D'VAR TORAH
No Biblical Reading

There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. 

A collection of resources for congregational dialogue on Israel, drawn from within and outside the movement

Rabbi Toba Spitzer shares detailed guidelines and best practices on communal discussions around Israel.

The upbeat, jazzy Israeli song Shabbat Ba'boker  is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. But in a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous the Sabbath can be.

A resource for exploring values and commitments around Israel, seen through the lens of the phrase "Next year in Jerusalem" at the close of the Passover seder

Israel, Pesach, Peoplehood
D'VAR TORAH
Genesis 32:4-36:43

Text study and discussion questions on the reunion of Jacob and Esau after decades of separation

A play and activities on the life and values of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl

This symposium on Israel and Zionism took place in the summer of 2015, and reflects conversations and events at that time. 

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Rabbi David Teutsch reviews an 80-year span of Reconstructionist approaches to Zionism and the State of Israel.

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Rabbi Rebecca Lillian reflects on the moral hazard posed by Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

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Rabbi Toba Spitzer describes two competing narrative frames about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the need for new thinking to transcend them. 

Israel

Robert Prybutok critiques an idealistic approach to Israel's negotiations with its neighbors, and argues for tough-minded pragmatism in the service of ideals.

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This 2004 report of the movement's Israel Policies Task Force emerged from a movement-wide process that solicited thoughtful input from Reconstructionists across the country. While much has changed over the past decade-plus, most of this earlier report’s framework and recommendations are still compelling and sound.

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In 2004, the JRF Israel Policies Task Force issued a report calling for a recommitment to Zionism. This excerpt from that report explores Kaplan's definition of "New Zionism." It also discusses how a communal covenant could strengthen the relationships among the Reconstructionist community, Israel and the broader Jewish community.

Israel, Peoplehood

This is a curriculum for Israel education, from early childhood through adulthood, fostering connections to Israel through language, liturgy, song, trips and relationships.

Klein examines how experiencing the contradictions of Israeli life can help young North American Jews feel connected to Israel.

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the loss of Shimon Peres, z’l, one of the most important and influential founders and shapers of the State of Israel.

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A condemnation of the 10/19/16 terrorist attack in Jerusalem

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UNESCO’s resolution denying the Jewish history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem flies in the face of scholarship and history and is in no way helpful to the goal of peace.

Israel

The Reconstructionist Movement expresses solidarity with Israel's firefighters and emergency rescue services who are working tirelessly to combat the spread of multiple wildfires in the Haifa region.

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Our movement responds to recent vandalism of an Israeli Reform synagogue and death threats made against leaders of the Reform movement.

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D'VAR TORAH
Genesis 12:1-17:27
This text study, prepared by Rabbi Nina Mandel, contains pairs of passages examining biblical and contemporary notions of what “Promised Land” means, and how it has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers over the millennia.
Textual Sources, Israel

The Reconstructionist movement's statement on President-Elect Trump’s plan to appoint David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Israel

This is the main document for the Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder.

Discussion questions for use in a Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder for Israel Independence Day. 

Packing list for use in a Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder for Israel Independence Day. 

Texts from the Israeli Declaration of Independence, to be used for a Yom Ha'Atzmaut Seder

In Israel, many celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in nature, connecting with the land, having a picnic or taking a hike. We offer you a new ritual for Yom Ha’atzmaut, built around a picnic seder.

A participant on the first Reconstructionist Birthright trip reflects on her journey.

Israel, Movement Activities

During her first pregnancy, Rabbi Amy Klein shared this reflection on the experience of pregnancy in Israel.

Welcoming Children, Israel
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