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California State Capitol
Yes, Sacramento-area Jews can talk civilly about Israel
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Dan Gorfain   Can the Jewish federation, J Street, New Israel Fund and AIPAC, representing dramatically different community perspectives, share a dais in Sacramento, set the stage for civil dialogue and survive to tell about it? Can a politically diverse Jewish community have a civil discussion about different ways of supporting Israel? The answer, based on a recent event with nearly 100 participants from the Jewish community, is a resounding yes.
JCPA’s Resolution on Civility
Adopted by 2010 Plenum Robust, vigorous debate about the pressing issues of the day is vital and essential in a pluralistic society, including within our diverse Jewish community. Deep divisions are to be expected over how to address many issues including but not limited to the domestic economy, the environment, health care, American military involvement abroad, the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the existential threats posed to Israel by terror and Iranian nuclear ambition. A frank and civil exchange of ideas helps to inform and distill consensus. In recent years, however, we have been witness to an increasing challenge in general society and in our own community.
Resetting The Table
Resetting The Table

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.

Shamai Hillel Intersection
Building a Spirit of ‘Sacred Disagreement’ on 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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