Understanding Profound Moments this Shabbat at RS

June 30, 2011

Insipired by our congregation’s Visioning Initiative, the summer’s series of Shabbat evenings will focus on understanding profound moments.  On each Friday evening from July 1 through September 2, a story from the life of one of our congregants will serve as a thought-provoking start to a rabbi-led discussion about how meaningful, even spiritual moments work in our lives.  Each discussion will include the study of a Jewish thinker whose philosophy sheds light on real-life experiences of today.  Read the rest of this entry »

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June 30, 2011

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Daniel Gordis’ Remarks to J Street Leadership

June 9, 2011

On May 3rd, Daniel Gordis addressed the “J-Street Leadership Mission to Israel and Palestine.” His remarks that day are the basis for this May 27, 2011 The Jerusalem Post column, “In the Tent, or Out: That is Still the J-Street Question.”  

Good morning and welcome to Jerusalem. It’s a pleasure to meet with this Leadership Mission; I understand that there are some first time visitors to Israel among you, so a particular welcome to those of you who’ve never been here before. Before we got seated, one member of your group conveyed a message from the Israeli Consul General in his home community. The message was that I shouldn’t speak to you. As you can imagine, I received similar advice from a wide array of people after I received your invitation; but I’ve chosen to ignore it. As most of you know, I disagree strongly with much of what you do. But I think that we have an obligation to meet with people with whom we disagree. Given the extent of the forces aligned against Israel, seeking to delegitimize the very idea of a Jewish State, the pro-Israel camp needs a big tent. Neither Israel nor the Jewish People will survive if we work only with those with whom we agree. A big tent, by definition, means including people whom we disagree passionately, but who still share our basic goals. Even a big tent, though, has its limits. There are things that one can say, or do, that place a person or an organization outside that tent. You know very well that there are many people who believe that J-Street is outside the tent, not in it. I’m not yet certain. That’s why I’m here. Read the rest of this entry »

J Street’s Rachel Lerner’s Remarks at RS 6/2/11

June 6, 2011

Rachel Lerner’s Remarks: These have been some very eventful weeks when it comes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the future of a peace agreement and the U.S.-Israel relationship.  I’d like to talk a bit about J Street – who we are, what we do and why we do it, and then I want to spend some time talking about some of the things that transpired over the past few weeks, what the challenges and opportunities are and where J Street comes into the mix. But first I want to spend a little time introducing myself, and my own involvement in J Street. I grew up in the Jewish community. In the Modern Orthodox community in Brooklyn, to be specific. I attended a Zionist Modern Orthodox day school through high school, and, like many of my classmates I spent my freshman year of college in Israel – not in a seminary like most of my friends, but at Bar Ilan University, where I was able to spend half my day studying torah and half my day earning college credits. Read the rest of this entry »