A reflection written by Rabbi Amy Joy Small, RRC ’97, may serve as a guide and help us to cope with the sustained heartache regarding violence during the summer of 2014. Amy wrote this having just returned from nearly a month of study in Jerusalem, including eight days with 20 of her colleagues in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
Statement July, 2014: The board of governors of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities/Reconstructionist Rabbinical College affirms that there are diverse opinions about Israel across the Reconstructionist movement. We aim to foster civil discourse across this diversity and create a space where we can talk together about Israel, rather than at each other—even if it means that the only thing we are sharing is how our hearts are breaking.
Recognizing that communal dialogue about Israel is often challenging, this guide aims to help congregations facilitate open and honest conversations about Israel. The guide addresses the kinds of issues and concerns that make these conversations challenging and provides suggestions for how to overcome some of these issues.
This article from Reconstructionism Today by Rabbi Amy Klein contemplates Israel's future.