CCAR Mission to Israel

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CCAR Mission to Israel – Work to be done…

I think that this will be my penultimate blog post, with one more to follow with reflections on the trip as a whole. Wednesday was the last day of the mission and unsurprisingly it was filled to bursting. The morning began with Shacharit at Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, the flagship Reform community in the … Continue reading

CCAR Mission to Israel – Keeping the Faith…

In writing about Tuesday (I think it was Tuesday, although I’ve lost track of the days) I was so excited about visiting the neighborhood in which my Saba grew up, I neglected to write about our visit with Gershon Baskin. Gershon is a regular columnist in the Jerusalem Post and he was responsible for the … Continue reading

CCAR Mission to Israel – My Saba’s neighborhood…

Yesterday began in the north of Israel, with a visit to the mystical city of Tsfat. Walking around the city we were truly walking in the footsteps of some of the greats of Jewish history, and especially those who were responsible for the development of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). We visited the synagogues where Joseph Caro … Continue reading

CCAR Mission to Israel – How times change…

Yesterday began at Beit Shmuel, the center of Reform Judaism in Israel, housing many of our movement’s offices in Israel. Coming back there always feels a bit like coming home; during both the years I have lived in Israel it was my central base; both during my Shnat-Netzer year and when I was an HUC … Continue reading

CCAR Mission to Israel – The safest school in the world…

Yesterday was truly a day of contrasts. Divided between the old city of Jerusalem and the present day experience of Israelis living in the south. I am still trying to digest everything which we saw and heard during this packed day. The Jerusalem element of the morning involved time at Ir David – the City … Continue reading