Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Proud To Be A Reconstructionist

Today I am proud to be an active member of a Reconstructionist synagogue.

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, published a very significant and, given the mood in mainstream American Jewry, a very brave article in the Huffington Post. In it he calls for breaking the near total identification of Judaism with the State of Israel, and for basing Jewish identity and unity not on support for or identification with Israel, but on shared values of peace and justice.

Is the State of Israel the sole embodiment of Jewish peoplehood? The answer is no...

We Jews should try to see ourselves as united by our bond with the Jewish people--in our collective efforts to bring peace, wholeness and justice to the world.

I am surprised this has not been picked up in the Jewish or Israel/Palestine blogosphere. It is a significant statement from the leader of 100,000 American (and Canadian) Jews.

Read the full statement here.


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