Dear Friends,

More than two-thousand years ago, our rabbis declared: “All of Israel is responsible for one another.” This was their way of saying that we Jews are responsible for one another’s well-being, even as we surely have a great stake in the well being of all humanity. More than two-thousand years ago, our rabbis declared: “All of Israel is responsible for one another.” This was their way of saying that we Jews are responsible for one another’s well-being, even as we surely have a great stake in the well being of all humanity.

One year ago, our congregation “adopted” a sister congregation in Israel. Congregation Tzur Hadassah is a recently founded small Reform congregation, located just outside of Jerusalem.  

Tonight we will be joined by Rabbi Stacey Blank who leads Congregation Tzur Hadassah. She will be discussing some of the challenges being faced by Reform Jews of Israel, and some of the current social, political and religious issues facing the people of Israel.
I hope that you will join us as we greet Rabbi Blank. This is a rare opportunity to affirm the link between our two congregations, to learn about the successes of Reform Judaism in Israel, and to affirm the ideal of which our early rabbis spoke: “we are responsible for one another.” Yes, we all have a vested interest in the recognition of Reform Judaism in Israel, and to lend our efforts toward Israel becoming a more pluralistic society where alternatives to Orthodoxy are recognized and legitimized. 

         Rabbi David Greenberg