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Nissan 5778 Newsletter

‏יום רביעי ‏21 ‏מרץ ‏2018

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Dear Friends,

I have the pleasure of currently attending the annual conference for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). My trip has allowed me to reflect, yet again, on the importance of world Jewry relations and the IMPJ’s relationships with Reform and Progressive Jews worldwide.

As the story of Passover reminds us, our nation was not built in Israel. We came to the Promised Land already a people, having survived slavery in Egypt and 40 years wandering in the desert. Just before entering Israel, Moses reminds the people of Israel – “Hear, O Israel! Today you have become the people of the LORD your G-d:” (Deuteronomy 27:9), as if to stress the fact that our peoplehood had to be established before actually entering the land. Am Yisrael was shaped and established, by and during, our experiences outside of Israel. After the destruction of the Temples we were again shaped by our lives in Babylon and in the Diaspora, where most of Jewish thought and scripture was created.

We must take this into consideration when viewing our relationship as part of world Jewry. Judaism can spread its light in and from Israel, and it also spreads its light in and from centers of Jewish life all around the world: it spreads from Orange County California at the CCAR convention, from Paris, where I will travel to next, to attend their gathering of French Liberal and Progressive Jews, from Berlin, where inspiring Reform and Progressive young adults are meeting for the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship, from Buenos Aires, where the newly formed IberoAmerican Institute for Reform Rabbinical Education began its first year of classes, and all over the world where Reform and Progressive Jews are shaping our Judaism.

Here in Israel, we continue to strive for a Jewish and democratic society where there is mutual respect and tolerance between all Jews, no matter what their religious practice, or where they live. 

Rabbi Gilad Kariv 
The Israel Religious Action Center, the social and public advocacy arm of the IMPJ, has launched two major campaigns. One against gender discrimination on airplanes, and another, as a part of their Racism Crisis Center, on how to effectively document a racist encounter. Watch the videos below and remain informed!
Holidays and Events 

From Freedom to Independence
Stations of Israeli Culture along the Path from Pesach to Yom Ha'Atzmut
The months of Nissan and Iyar, serve as a sort of emotional roller coaster in Jewish and Israeli society. The proximity between Pesach and the three modern commemorative days that follow: Holocaust Memorial Day, the Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, and Independence Day, stress the motifs of enslavement and redemption, mourning and joy, and the inextricable connection between them in our nation's ancient and modern history.
We invite you to use this collection as a virtual journey, following the path from the Festival of Freedom (Pesach) through to Independence Day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut), marked by songs and readings from Jewish and Israeli culture.
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Purim 5778 at the IMPJ
DOMIM– aLike - the IMPJ's Israel-Diaspora relations project, established together with the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs - fosters partnerships between Reform and Progressive congregations in Israel and around the world. 
DOMIM's World Jewry Seminar
Domim-aLike held its one day seminar on World Jewry, and more specifically, on the connection with Progressive Jews not from North America. Rabbis, professionals, and lay leaders from IMPJ congregations learned and discussed with partners from the WUPJ - World Union for Progressive Judaism Beutel Leadership Seminar who hailed from 12 different countries! They also heard from a panel of IMPJ professionals about the history of Judaism and Progressive Judaism in South Africa, Australia, South America, the Former Soviet Union, and Germany. The group finished with a tour of the fascinating and engaging Museum of the Jewish People.
Save the Date:  June 1-2, 2018