- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On January 24, 2020
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Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, our weekly reflection as we make our way toward Shabbat.
This Shabbat Awakening summons you to action.
While the story we read in Torah this week takes us deep into Egypt, our current focus uplifts us toward the land of Israel. After all, the name of the Biblical book is called Exodus, not Slavery. It shapes the future of the Jewish people. Our ancestors left behind a life of servitude to walk toward something greater: Torah and then the land of Israel.
Every five years, the world Jewish population has the opportunity to effect change in Israel. Theodore Herzl called the World Zionist Congress the Parliament of the Jewish people. I, along with our entire clergy team, urge you to VOTE REFORM!
This is what the REFORM platform pledges:
- To advocate for government recognition and societal acceptance of the many diverse expressions of Jewish religious identity, so that all such expressions are recognized as legitimate and equal under the law
- To support government and societal initiatives that seek to pursue a Two-State Solution and a long-term peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
- To influence the National Institutions (WZO, KKL, JAFI) in support of a strong shared society and democratic civil society in Israel.
- To assure that liberal streams of Judaism are provided equal financial support and resources in the Jewish State, ensuring that our movements in Israel and all Jewish denominations in Israel remain strong, vibrant, and growing.
This year, until March 11, you can cast your vote for REFORM to make a better and fairer Israel. Through the efforts of the Reform movement, we gain the ability to impact the distribution of one billion dollars in the annual budget, touching the lives of Israeli Jews and Arabs, and all peoples living in this region. With elections taking place every five years, your vote will help determine how five billion dollars gets spent!
Let us not underestimate the power of what we all can accomplish together for the land of Israel. Your vote matters and it counts toward electing delegates. The more delegates the more influence the REFORM slate has. In 1978, one of our rabbis, Rabbi Roland Gittlesohn, helped to create the organization called ARZA, it stands for Association of Reform Zionist in America. In Hebrew, it means “toward the land.” ARZA is part of the Reform movement here and in Israel. As the ancient Israelites made their way toward the land, we, too, set our sights there with this important election.
Thank you for adding your voice with your vote!
HERE are the instructions to vote:
Fill in your information and click submit
STEP ONE: Register to Vote at tinyurl.com/zionistvote.
1. Fill in your information and click submit
2. Enter the verification code from your email or text
3. Proceed to payment and hit submit
STEP TWO: Begin the Voting Process
1. Enter your email and PIN code found in the 2nd email or text at zionistelection.org
2. Select option two- AZRA Reform slate and submit your vote!
Join together for Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate Cantor Einhorn with the museum opening showcasing his brilliant career. Live stream HERE. Community Dinner to follow.
Torah study starts at 9:00 a.m. with a short service followed by a lively discussion.
Mazal Tov to our Bat Mitzvah, Zoe Georgantas. Service begins in the Atrium at 10:15 a.m.
Havdalah Village Playspace and Winter Movie Gathering will be at 2:30 p.m.
I look forward to learning of your reactions and reflections HERE.