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"'We Find Ourselves in Tears': A Conversation About Israel/Palestine with Reconstructionist Rabbinical Students"

Wednesday, 26 January, 2022 24 Shevat 5782

8:00 PM - 9:30 PMZoom

Join us on January 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST, and 5:00 p.m. PST for the second session in our series. Student rabbis, Sarah Brammer-Shlay, Solomon Hoffman, and Rachel Kipnes, will discuss the May, 2021 public appeal signed by 92 rabbinical students from several liberal seminaries, including twelve students from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, who called on the Jewish community to acknowledge that “the current reality in Israel necessitates a spiritual crisis.” They wrote:“How many Palestinians must lose their homes, their schools, their lives for us to understand that…Israel’s choices come from a place of power and that Israel’s actions constitute an intentional removal of Palestinians?...We are the future leaders of the Jewish community…and we are full of tears.” Read the full text of the letter and join us for presentation and discussion.

Register here via Zoom if you have not already done so.

Sarah Brammer-Shlay is in her fifth and final year of rabbinical school at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She currently serves as the Rabbinic Intern at Mishkan Shalom Synagogue and Spring Mill Pointe Senior Living Community. She is a co-founder of IfNotNow where she has done extensive work around action, training, and coaching. She also has been involved in various capacities with solidarity work in Israel-Palestine with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, as well as the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, as well as in other capacities.

Solomon Hoffman is a fourth year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and serves as the Rabbinic Leader of Mishkan Ha'am in Westchester. He also completed a chaplaincy residency in the Mount Sinai Health System and has worked at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore. Solomon is a composer and musician and is passionate about creating innovative musical prayer experiences.

Rachel Kipnes is a fourth year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is an educator with ten years of teaching experience and currently works as the Education Director at Hinenu Baltimore. She also organizes as a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and Havurah Network, and she is a movement chaplain, supporting justice movement communities to create sustainability through spiritual grounding, accompaniment, and care work.

Please consider making a donation to advance these conversations and the future of this project. (When making a donation include a note: Israel/Palestine Talks) This series is co-sponsored by the following Reconstructionist congregations: Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Havurah Shalom Israel/Palestine Committee, Kol Tzedek, Mishkan Shalom, and Or Haneshamah.

For more information about this series, as well as future speakers, please visit our website.

Brian, Laurie, Joel, Diana, Marcy, and Sue 

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