We commit ourselves to this course to preserve an essential element of a community – the ability to meet and talk as brothers and sisters.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, as part of the ongoing Civility Initiative, is excited to announce the selection of fellows for Resetting the Table, a new initiative designed to create inclusive, empowering forums for young Jews in the New York City area to talk, study, deliberate, and ultimately define their own relationship to the State of Israel.
April 24, 2013 | 5:45 pm
Posted by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
In rabbinic circles, one increasingly hears sentiments like, “I’m not going to get fired for my politics on gun control or health care, but I could get fired for just about anything I say about Israel.” Rabbi Scott Perlo has coined this the “Death by Israel Sermon.” Across the country, our communal discourse on Israel has grown so ugly that many have stopped caring and engaging at all.
I work with institutions and leaders across the country to build open, constructive communication across political divides on Israel. I’d like to share three patterns that prevail in the current American Jewish conversation about Israel, why it should urgently concern us and what we can do about it.
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