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Drifting from Israel, per Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s most recent piece in Ha’aretz, the Israeli daily, makes the case that young U.S. Jews are not all that enamored with the Jewish state, and goes on to explain why. First, some context: Rabbi Yoffie led, for more than 16 years, the largest (and only growing) denomination in diaspora Jewish life as […]

Talking to Teens about Israel

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
Yesterday evening, I was invited by Temple Sinai of Washington, D.C. to speak to their seventh grade students about my connection and relationship to Israel as a part of their culminating class on their Israel unit.  One of my favorite parts of my job is working with young people, so I was especially excited for […]

Rabbi Rick Jacobs Responds to Harsh Critique of Zionism

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, published a piece yesterday in response to “Zionism Unsettled,” a recent publication produced by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  “Zionism Unsettled” is a congregational study guide which asserts that cause of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians is the “pathology” […]
Policy resolutions on Israel from the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis
The Reform Movement believes that peace is indispensable to Israel's security and well-being, and that a two-state solution (one Jewish, one Palestinian) is necessary to achieve a viable and lasting peace.
Although there has always been tension in Israel between the religious establishment and progressive or secular Jews, it has never been as heated or intense as the current crisis between the Orthodox authorities and the progressive Jewish movements. Beginning with the "Who is a Jew?" debates in the 1980s, the issue has increasingly become more complex and emotional.
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Further Reading

All Sides of the Fence
This is not a comprehensive analysis of the issue but the arguments included mention many of the concerns raised by proponents and opponents of the security fence.

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Packet
Memorial programs to honor the late Yitzhak Rabin.

Moving Forward
A collection of essays from leading Israelis and Americans about the future of the peace process.

Expanding the Conversation, a series by Joseph (Yossi) Alpher:


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