Adult Education Program 2013-14
Israel and Us: Our Congregational Response to a Charged and Complex Relationship
Our relationship with Israel, particularly as American Reform Jews, is fraught with mixed feelings. Too often we avoid discussion of the political and religious complexities that confront us. Concerned by the erosion of our connection to Israel, we are in the midst of three years of Adult Education focused on Israel, as both people and place. How are our identities as Jews informed by our relationship to Israel? And how may we fulfill our obligation to promote the values of Reform Judaism among other Jewish communities, and in particular, among Jews living in Israel?
From Knowledge to Action: Choices in Modern American Zionism
In the first year of our Project, we studied Jerusalem's origins, its impact upon the peace process and how it struggles with the same urban issues as so many other cities. Last year, we investigated the complexities of nation building and how Israel balances the tensions between being both a Jewish and democratic republic. We now seek to move from knowledge to action as we create opportunities for our congregation to promote the values of Reform Judaism in Israel.
Join us: After successfully piloting the Shalom Hartman Institute's iEngage curriculum, we are once again offering this provocative and enriching course. Learn from Daniel Kurtzer, a former ambassador to Israel, when he returns to Temple Israel as our Burstein Scholar in Residence. Converse with three members of our congregational family, whose professional lives serve as models of engagement with Israel. Participate in the J Street and AIPAC conferences with your clergy and fellow congregants. Take action with the Two State Solution Task Force and the Israel Action Committee: two congregant - led groups that are in the vanguard of determining our congregation's response(s) to the complexities that we have studied. Accompany our rabbis and our Czech Torah scroll to Prague and London for a unique experience of peoplehood. And, as a culminating activity, travel with Rabbi Morrison to Israel for a focused, advance-level trip that will weave together many of the strands of our Israel and Us project.