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Sharing What Makes Us Proud: Iyar 5777- May 2017 Newsletter

‏יום שישי ‏12 ‏מאי ‏2017

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What's new for Iyar 5777-May 2017?

Dear friends,

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We just concluded our Reform Israel Appeal camping in coordination with the Union for Reform Judaism and ARZA, the Zionist wing of the Reform movement in North America. During this campaign, we showcased the aspects that make us proud and those which we are working to improve. Have a look at our Facebook page and below for a closer look. It is always gratifying to be able to share our achievements with our friends and partners!

Coming up next week is the Annual "Connections" conference of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). We are pleased that the conference will be held in Jerusalem this year, giving myself as well as IMPJ staff, congregants and rabbis the chance to meet the face of Progressive and Reform Judaism from around the world. It also affords us the opportunity to share with them our experience. 

In the Psachim Tractate in the Talmud we read: “Rabbi Yohanen said: the ingathering of the Jewish People is as great as the day when heaven and earth were created. For it is said ‘And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint themselves one head, and shall go up out of the land; for great shall be the day of Jezreel’” (Hosea 2; 2). May next week's gathering, and all gatherings of Reform and progressive Jews be meaningful and fruitful and add to our joint Jewish journey.

On behalf of the entire IMPJ, I want to wish you and your family a Shabbat Shalom!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv


  Untitled-2-01Marriage Equality 

The IMPJ has launched a Wedding Equality campaign. Billboards and ads were placed throughout the country, as well as ads on the web, in an effort to introduce Israelis to an alternative to the ultra-Orthodox option. We have also launched a website to inform Israelis of their options, including our Rabbis' profiles, IMPJ certificate, and more. For more information about marriage in Israel and our fight for equality click here


  WhatsApp Image 2017-05-08 at 15.00.17Yom Hazikaron

Our IMPJ congregations commemorated Yom HaZikaron with ceremonies to remember the fallen. Some of our congregations have lost members or close relatives of members. As is customary in many communities in Israel, these people are specifically memorialized in the ceremony. Other congregations held a special Havdalah service to mark the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut. Pictured is Kehillat Kamatz in their Havdalah ceremony, joined by members of Noar Telem, the IMPJ youth movement. 


 18278835_1631869263520509_66871201309422633_o 2 Yom Ha’atzmaut

Our congregations and departments celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with festive Kabbalat Shabbats, Shabbat trips, hikes, children's activities, special sunrise services on the day of Yom Ha’atzmaut and many more celebrations. Pictured is Kehillat Yozma, at their Day Care Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration for parents in the armed services and security forces. See more pictures from our activities here


 18156610_1538908949484192_3693234458300052207_o Sharing What Makes us Proud

Over the past few weeks the IMPJ has shared our struggles, our proudest accomplishments and our hopes for the future with the North American audience through the Union for Reform Judaism and ARZA. Check out some of the articles written by Rabb Gilad Kariv, IMPJ President and CEO; Rabbi Noa Sattatah, IRAC Director; Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA President; and Student-Rabbi Binyamin Minich.

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN and help us to continue to grow and build Reform Judaism in Israel. 


 18268448_871844752955827_3706345566405099571_n Yachdav in the Community
 
"Yachdav in the Community", a program run by DOMIM-aLike, the IMPJs diaspora relations department, pairs Bar/Bat Mitzva groups from Reform congregations in Israel with their counterparts from around the world. These groups devote study sessions to the connection between Israel and the Diaspora. This includes separate study sessions in each community, exposing the participants to Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora and to the value that “all Jews are responsible for each other," and joint video conferences. Pictured are Bar/Bat Mitzva Groups from Kehillat Brith Olam in Kiryat Ono, Israel and Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa holding their video conference meeting.

 18058177_1463861200341572_8406269757099505266_n Tlamim in Tel Aviv 

Our Tel Aviv branch of Tlamim, the IMPJ's Young Adult Community, held a musical and international Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg. in the words of Naomi Henkel-Gumbel, Olah Chadasha from Germany and Tlamim Board Member: "It was indeed an exciting experience! Seeing more than 40 people gathering to celebrate a progressive, musical, open and welcoming Kabbalat Shabbat service was clearly a new stepping stone in Tlamim's history. The crowd was quite mixed - Israelis, Olim as well as travelers (hailing from Sderot to the U.S.) attended the service!"


 
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