iEngage: Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship
March 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Do you love Israel and wonder why others don’t?
Do you question Israel’s policies and feel isolated within the Jewish community?
Do you feel distant from Israel because you feel that Israeli society doesn’t accept your beliefs or Jewish identity?
Do you want to make a difference in the way that we support Israel and engage in critical discussion of Israel’s importance in our lives and the world?
If any of these questions resonate with you, join us this Sunday at 10am for iEngage: Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship. This is the second session in a six-part series focusing on re-imagining the relationship between Israel and North America. Our first discussion together was rich and impactful, focusing on some of the challenges we face while also exploring our commitments through our shared Jewish history and Tradition. Our challenge is that the Jewish populations in Israel and America are drifting apart in terms of how each understands this moment of the Jewish experience and the role that Israel plays.
This series and the larger project brought to us by the Shalom Hartman Institute aims to construct a new narrative and language for establishing a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry. Through text study, discussion, and video, we encourage each other to reflect on what Israel means to us “Jewishly” and to act on our vision of what we believe can and ought to shape the modern Jewish nation and its policies. This relationship must be based on a conversation about Jewish values answering the questions of why Israel needs to exist today as a Jewish state and whether this state can be moral and democratic. This renewed relationship transcends an expectation of blind acceptance and calls for a commitment to participate in a conversation that will contribute to the nation that Jews believe Israel can and ought to be. I look forward to “engaging” with you and Israel on Sunday morning!
Future dates for iEngage: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 19 and April 2
Led by Rabbi Adam and guest speakers