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Our Jewish Values in Israel – Vote Now!

28 Jan

by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

In a world where we feel that we need Israel more than ever, as a homeland, a source of pride and inspiration for all Jews everywhere, and in the worst situations (God forbid), a refuge for us all, our voices have never been more important in helping to determine the Jewish values of our shared national home.

Judaism asks all of us to stand up for the rights of the oppressed, and to stand up for our own rights to a place that is for all Jews. The values of Reform Judaism deserve a home in Israel too.

Please join Temple Beth El in casting your vote for Reform values in Israel – here is the easy way to do so.

 

Cast a Vote for Reform Values in Israel

The 2015 World Zionist Congress elections are vital to the future of progressive Judaism in Israel. ARZA, representing Reform Judaism, is asking every American Jew who holds the values of religious pluralism, gender equality and support of the peace process dear to stand with us by voting for the ARZA slate which includes both Rabbi Judy and me in the current election. You support is important and you are encouraged to do three simple things:

  1. Vote today: Register with the American Zionist Movement and vote at https://www.reformjews4israel.org/ for the ARZA-Representing reform Judaism today.
  1. Spread the word:  Share this link (https://www.reformjews4israel.org/) with your friends on Facebook. Let them know that it is important to you and that you voted.
  1. Send a copy of your Thank you for voting! page along with your name and address to kwilson@carolina.rr.com.  Please let us know if the registration fee of $10.00 for those over 30, and $5 for those between the ages of 18-30, is a hardship for you.

Our Temple Beth El goal is 100% participation.  Register, vote, share and send us your voting confirmation so that we may track and report our progress!

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Summertime Judaism

26 Jun

by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

A quick look back on the last week at Temple Beth El tells you just how vibrant our Jewish community is (apologies to any events that I missed):

– We had our weekly events – Shabbat evening and morning – including two B’nei Mitzvah, Anniversary Blessings, Torah Study, FIJI Class, and Tot Shabbat too!

– We celebrated: two baby-namings and a same-sex marriage ceremony.

– We mourned our losses and comforted our mourners with two shiva minyanim and a memorial service.

– We had some intriguing conversations about tattoos, organ donation, marijuana, the novel The Golem and the Jinni, Taste of Judaism, The Porch Torah, and even Talmud, in a myriad of locales including the Temple Beth El building, at The Village Tavern, Whole Foods, and at the Bechtler Museum Cafe.

– We ate together at a SPICE Potluck on Shabbat, and shopped together at our Attic Sale.

– Our Annual Congregational Trip to Israel returned with Rabbi Judy – everyone had an amazing and meaningful adventure, and four kids became Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

– And even though it is summer, B’nei Mitzvah preparations continue with a full schedule of training for our soon to be Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.

I hear that other Jewish communities slow down in the summer.

I feel so honored and blessed to be part of our Temple Beth El family, to be all together so often for important times and moments of thoughtful discussion.

Looking forward to a great summer!

Check out the next book we will read for our August Book Club, or enjoy the last – links below:

Next book for August 3, 11:00 AM:

But Where is the Lamb?

Last book, a fun summer read:

The Golem and the Jinni

Writing our Past, Writing our Future – from Rabbi Judy in Israel

13 Jun

“Days are scrolls, write on them only what you want to be remembered,” Bachya Ibn Pakuda taught.

Digging at a tel (an archeological site) in Israel, coins and stones are found with writing that confirms that our roots on this land are deep.

Proving our past does not secure our future.

We are the next layer of the tel, the archeological trail, that leaves evidence of a Judaism that transformed the world.

May the Jewish life and values we live, become the scrolls and shards that inspire the generations to come.

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TBE in Jerusalem!

13 Jun

After stormy delays from Charlotte, and mechanical delays out of Philly, the thirty members of Beth El arrived happily and safely to Jerusalem. Israeli bagels, falafel, a late night hike through the Old City to enjoy the annual light festival and now an early morning archeological dig at Beit Guvrin mark our first 24 hours.

Today, we are literally digging  in our past and tomorrow we will celebrate our future with the B’nei Miztvah of Ellen Garfinkle, Sophie Levy, Hannah Schwartz, and Jacob Stein.

TBE Jerusalem 2014

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Rabbi Judy at Moral Monday

30 Jul

Rabbi Judy Schindler speaks at Moral Monday.
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich sounds Shofar.

Thank you to Mary Ann Freedman of Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill for producing this video!