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Israel Debate Resources

Shalom Friends,
 
I hope your summer is going well. I’m sitting in a café in Boulder, Colorado, preparing High Holy Day sermons. While I’ve been here, American Jewish community leadership has been struggling to find a strategic approach to the challenges to religious pluralism in Israel. Over the past few weeks, our relationship with Israel has experienced tension and frustration because of the stalled Kotel compromise and the proposed Conversion Bill. I wanted to share some resources, a reflection, and an update.

An Ongoing Interfaith Conversation

Dear Rabbi Ranon Teller,

I have just returned from my overseas trip last week and therefore was not able to write to you sooner. I was traveling to Makkah, Saudi Arabia for the minor pilgrimage and visited other countries as well during my spiritual journey. I prayed for all of my friends and brothers for their prosperity, success and peace for all through out my trip. I cherished and enjoyed our recent get together at the Mosque and looking forward to our visit to your center soon. 

Dear Sabbatical Diary: January 23, 2017

The Jewish Renewal conference in Boulder was fascinating and invigorating. It was fascinating to see a Jewish movement gather with such clarity and intensity. Regardless of personal politics, it was refreshing to see a group of like-minded, passionate seekers learn together and strategize. In the case of Jewish Renewal, the agenda is unabashedly progressive. There is broad community consensus on community goals and principles. This consensus and clarity fosters deep commitment and intense focus. There is a palpable sense of pride and purpose. 

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