Refusing to Be Pushed Away: Reform Movement Affirms Its Zionist Core

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Refusing to Be Pushed Away: Reform Movement Affirms Its Zionist Core

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It’s impossible to pick up a Jewish newspaper without reading endless stories about the growing distance between Diaspora Jewry and the Jewish state. Yes, policies of the rightwing Israeli government are at odds with the core Jewish identities of a decidedly liberal North American Jewish community.

This is not hyperbolic rhetoric.

Real issues divide the world’s two largest Jewish communities: religious pluralism, preserving Israel’s Jewish democratic core and working toward two states for two peoples.

And yet, two weeks ago, at the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American board meeting, the URJ adopted a resolution approving the Jerusalem Program of the World Zionist Organization, the foundational statement of the Zionist Movement to further strengthen our ties to Israel. This decision by the URJ’s board, reaffirmed the Reform Jewish Movement’s commitment to Zionism and our close bond to the State of Israel; the unity of the Jewish people; our commitment to Israel’s Jewish and democratic foundations; aliya; the importance of Hebrew and Jewish education; Israel’s prophetic moral commitments to justice and peace; our strong responsibility to secure and nurture Jewish peoplehood; and our engagement in the struggle against all forms of antisemitism.

Read the rest of this op-ed inThe Jerusalem Post.

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the largest Jewish movement in North America, with almost 900 congregations and nearly 1.5 million members. An innovative thought leader, dynamic visionary, and representative of progressive Judaism, he spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Deeply dedicated to global social justice issues, he has led disaster response efforts in Haiti and Darfur. Learn more about Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Published: 6/29/2018

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