Rabbi Julie's January 2022 Letter to Congregation

posted Jan 4, 2022, 3:21 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
January 2022

Dear Chevre,

Welcome to the secular New Year! I am excited about a series of Reconstructing Judaism sessions taking place between January and May on Israel/Palestine. Many in our community have been hungering for a deeper dive into this complicated topic. Our congregation holds many diverse perspectives on these issues. This will be a place of learning and deeper understanding in a space shaped by dedicated Jewish leaders. I know many of the teachers in the series well and have the highest respect for them. I'm planning to attend as many sessions as I can. You are invited to join in too. I hope many of us will participate.

 When the series is over, I'd love to facilitate an open discussion among our own members so that we can share gleanings and reflections.

 All sessions are 8:00PM - 9:30PM Eastern. There is no charge and all are welcome. More information is below.

 Love to all,

 Rabbi Julie



·    Wednesday, January 12 - Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, “Reconstructionism Without Zionism”

·    Wednesday, January 26 - Sarah Brammer-Shlay, Solomon Hoffman, and Rachel Kipnes, "We Find Ourselves in Tears": A Conversation About Israel/Palestine with Reconstructionist Rabbinical Students"

·    Wednesday, February 9 - Rabbi Brant Rosen, “Decolonizing Jewish Liturgy”

·    Tuesday, February 22 - Rabbi Toba Spitzer, “A New Conversation: A Land for All”

·    Wednesday, March 9 - Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, “Rethinking Israel Education: Teaching Jewish Kids to Think Critically about Israel/Palestine”

·    Wednesday, March 30 - Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, “Becoming an Abolitionist: Antiracism and Antizionism”

·    Tuesday, April 12 - Rabbi David Teutsch, “History and Challenge: Reconstructionism, Zionism, and the Two-State Solution”

·    Tuesday, April 26 - Rabbi Brian Walt, “Nakba Denial and Teshuva/Reparations”

·    Wednesday, May 11 - Open Conversation