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Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut — Reflections from Israeli Reconstructionists

This year, several Israeli Reconstructionists have recorded some of their thoughts and feelings about the back-to-back Israeli national holidays of Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), which take place this week. These brief clips are very personal and, inevitably, incomplete. The thoughts and concerns, complexities and nuances that many of the contributors bring to the ways in which they love and wrestle with contemporary issues in Israel is not completely captured by these short glimpses of what’s in their hearts. But during this strange time of pandemic, lockdowns, and social distancing, we hoped to open some windows of personal connection between Israelis and non-Israelis in the movement.

Each of the contributors has a professional affiliation with our movement. Some are rabbis and some are educators. Some live in Israel currently, some divide their time between lsrael and another part of the world, and some live in the Diaspora but remain closely connected to Israel.  Each of them speaks only for themselves, not for any organization they  work with or for the Reconstructionist movement. You can view each of their short videos below.

Shlomit Cohen - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Israeli Reconstructionists Shlomit Cohen - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

 

Rabbi Steve Burnstein - Kibbutz Gezer, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Rabbi Steve Burnstein - Kibbutz Gezer, Israel

 

Rabbi Sigal Brier - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

Israeli Reconstructionists Rabbi Sigal Brier - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Rabbi Rosalind Glazer - Jerusalem, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Rabbi Rosalind Glazer - Jerusalem, Israel

 

Rabbi Haim Shalom - Jerusalem, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Haim Shalom

 

Rabbi Amita Jarmon - Jerusalem, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Rabbi Amita Jarmon

 

Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum - Omer, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Rabbi Donna Kirschbaum


Idan Sharon - Bethesda, Maryland, USA and Beit Shemesh, Israel

Reconstructionist Israelis Idan Sharon

 

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