Join us as Pittsburgh’s Beth Shalom Congregation and Karmiel/Misgav’s Kehilat HaKerem synagogue come together for an eight-program series. We will compare and contrast the experiences of being Jewish in America and Israel as we build community between our synagogues. This program is supported by Partnership2Gether of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Partnership2Gether builds strong, vibrant and connected Jewish communities with Israel at their hearts by building relationships and strengthening the kesher (connection) between people in Pittsburgh and Karmiel/Misgav, as well as Warsaw, Poland, recently added to our Partnership in 2018.
Below is a link to four sessions that the Jewish Federations of North America did about pluralism initiatives in Israel, and the work being done by creative people and organizations to strengthen the voice of reform and conservative Judaism in Israel. I thought this might fit in with your sessions related to equality and religion and society in Israel.
Religion and Society in America - Chris Hall leads a discussion of religion in America, from his perspective as someone who has lived on both sides of the majority / minority divide in the US.
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Opening Session - Stories of Ruth - Megillat Ruth, poetry based on Ruth's story, and our own stories as immigrants.
The History of Two Congregations - Two short lectures on the histories of Beth Shalom and Kehilat HaKerem
Freedom in Israel - A discussion of the ideals espoused by her founding documents and how those principles are enacted today.
Freedom in America - A discussion of the ideals espoused by her founding documents and how those principles are enacted today.
Equality in Israel - Elisheva leads a discussion of LGBTQ rights in Israel - the most progressive nation in the middle east, but one in which LGBTQ people are still seeking full acceptance.
Equality in America - Ilyssa Manspeizer leads a discussion about equity and equality based on her work as the director of Landforce recruiting, employing and supporting adults who have faced structural barriers to stable, family sustaining, employment based upon race or personal histories.
Religion and Society in Israel in Light of the Recent Elections
Rabbi Gil Native leads us in discussion about the ideals espoused by its founding documents and how those principles are enacted today.