- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On June 25, 2021
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
On Wednesday afternoon, I participated in a zoom meeting with a Knesset member of the new Israeli government. His role is historic. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, former CEO of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, is now a member of the Knesset as part of the Labor party. His presence as the first Reform rabbi along with the composition of the new government feels historic, complex, and a fresh opportunity for Israel. As we know, the formation of Israel’s government comes about through a coalition of various parties. It is a diverse group that contains representation from the left, the right, Orthodox and secular, Arab Israelis and others. It is the first time in a long time that the ultra-Orthodox are not within the government in power.
This kind of unity government gives me hope. I learned that twenty members of the Knesset associate with Reform congregations in Israel. We may witness the recognition of all expressions of Judaism rather than the hegemony of the ultra-Orthodox. This would be an important shift in Israel. Wouldn’t we love to see a restoration of civility, a different kind of relationship with the Palestinians that is positive and productive, and as Rabbi Kariv noted, an opportunity to heal the social and political wounds of Israeli society? And yet, it is complicated series of circumstances that will allow progress. We can only hope.
I will get a closer look. On Sunday, I will board a plane for Israel with all my forms, permits, vaccination card, negative Covid test and other documents neatly arranged in an accordion folder. I will join my Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Institute cohort for ten days of study in Jerusalem with some exploration day trips elsewhere in Israel. I will share my experience and observations with you.
Rabbi Kariv used the image of a new melody playing even with some dissonant chords remaining. I appreciate the idea. It is worthwhile to listen anew to the notes and consider how they now sound together.
- Come experience Jewish bluegrass at Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. as we welcome guest artists Kol Kahol. Register HERE to join us in person. For an online experience, we can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website, or HERE on Zoom, or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. Or, just find it all on the website www.tisrael.org/TogetherWithTI.
- Tot Rock Shabbat gathers HERE at 5:00 p.m.
- Torah Study will begin at 9:00 a.m. To join the conversation interactively, access Zoom HERE. You can also watch HERE on Temple Israel’s website or HERE on TI’s Facebook page.
- Register here for TGIS online at 10:00 a.m.
- Join the Clergy for Havdalah at 8:00 p.m. HERE.