We invite you to enrich your connection to Israel. This section provides resources for learning about current issues and contemporary culture, implementing programs in your community, traveling to Israel with other Reconstructionists and making personal connections with the people of Israel. Our aim is to provide educational opportunities and a Reconstructionist approach to important issues.
Check out resources about Israel from the Online Resource Center These resources include articles, lesson plans, bibliographies, Israeli Independence day rituals, community discussion guides and much much more!
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Here are a few of our favorites:
July 20, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Netenyahu has come out against bringing the Rotem conversion bill to the Knesset this session. While there is no absolute certainty the bill will not return in some form in the future, we wanted to express gratitude to all of you who sent e-mails, faxes, or made calls to lobby against this divisive bill. Working together with the Conservative and Reform movements, North American Federations, and as members of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, along with so many progressive Jewish organizations, we made our voices heard.
For more information about JRF's statements and positions on Israel, please visit http://jrf.org/israel/statement-and-resources.
IN WAKE OF ROTEM/AYALON MEETINGS WITH JEWISH LEADERS IN NEW YORK
CONSERVATIVE, REFORM AND RECONSTRUCTIONIST MOVEMENTS
RELEASE STATEMENT CRITICAL OF THE CONVERSION BILL
Statement Reflects United Stance on Proposed Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Conservative: Shira Dicker at 917.403.3989, email@example.com
Reform: Kate Bigam at 202.398.2800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconstructionist: Yael Ridberg at 917.287.4207, email@example.com or Carl Sheingold at 215.885.5601, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 30, 2010 (New York, NY) -- Israeli Knesset Member David Rotem, author of a proposed bill dealing with conversion in Israel, met this week with leaders of the North American Jewish community to discuss the bill’s possible ramifications. Following a series of discussions with Rotem, the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements together issued the following statement: read more »
HaKotel L’Kulam — The Western Wall Should Be For All
A Statement in Support of the “Women of the Wall”
Social action based on Jewish ethics is a central part of Reconstructionist community activity. In Israel and North America, Reconstructionists actively support The Women at the Wall, who advocate equal worship rights for men and women in Israel.
The Reconstructionist Movement supports the efforts of the Women of the Wall. read more »
With sadness we share the news of today’s bombing in Jerusalem, which has taken one life so far and injured many. We share the condemnation of the attacks and the prayers of healing for those injured, and of consolation to the families of those who have lost loved ones and pray the recent increase in violence and attacks will bring all parties back into peaceful dialogue and not instigate further loss of life. read more »
Join the “Roots, Rocks & Writings” Israel Encounter this summer, from July 23rd-August 4th, sponsored by JRF Congregation Oseh Shalom and Rabbi Doug Heifetz.
Experience the Land of Israel as the ultimate guide to the Jewish past, and the texts of our ancestors as a guide to the Land. This trip is perfect for first-time Israel travelers and repeat visitors seeking to deepen their experience of Jewish history, texts and antiquities.