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Latest Activities of World Union for Progressive Judaism

תאריך:28.05.2014

At the end of February the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Anita Saltz International Education Center held the Beutel Seminar for Progressive Jewish Leadership, which was attended by 26 leaders from 10 countries. This prestigious seminar, which was held for the 12th year, is intended for community leaders from reform communities world-over. During the seminar participants learnt about Zionist, political, social, religious and historical issues through ancient and modern texts, and they participated in meetings and tours of historic, Zionist and social sites. Each participant had to be recommended by a rabbi or a community leader, with the purpose being that upon their return to their communities, they will assist in building and strengthening the ties between the community to Israel, they will focus on Israel and Zionism as key topics in their community agenda and will take on key roles within the World Union.

 

The seminar offered a variety of subjects and activities, including: prayer workshops, tours of sites from First and Second Temple periods, meeting local communities, tours of Zionist sites, such as Mt. Herzl, Yad Vashem, the Diaspora Museum, Independence Hall and Sde Boker, they also visited environmental protection enterprises and reform kibbutzim in the Arava Region - Yahel and Lotan.

 

The members of the “Etgar” Project recently began the volunteering stage. The Netzer Olami “Etgar” members (the World Union’s Zionist youth movement) come to Israel to participate on one year (gap-year) program in Israel in which they choose either the World Union’s “Etgar” course or the Jewish Agency’s “Machon L’madrichei Chutz L’aretz” component. “Etgar” members take on the task of volunteering from March, and one of their tasks is to collect and pack food for the needy. Later they participate in the “Israel and the Periphery” Seminar in order to strengthen their Jewish and Zionist identity and to strengthen their ties to the country, they will also take a weeklong tour of southern Israel – a weeklong hike, where they will get to know the land and the country “through their feet”. The program is very important to the shaping of the member’s Zionist identity, and for strengthening the participants’ ties to Israel, forming and strengthening their Jewish identities, and developing their leadership skills.

 
As part of the short term project for emissaries to the Former Soviet Union, in February the World Union sent two shlichim to Russia in order to conduct a leadership seminar for 35 young people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. These seminars are a key stake in the development and enrichment of the next generation of advanced Jewish leaders and in strengthening their ties to Israel, and enabling the young leaders from across the Former Soviet Union to participate in seminars and lectures about Israel and Zionism, to strengthen their Jewish and Zionist identity, to pray together, to plan the activities for the coming year while including Jewish and Zionist content. The workshops and lectures at the seminar included many subjects, including: motivation and decision-making, history and Reform Judaism from biblical times to the present, leadership and leaders and the importance of the ideology of the Netzer Youth Movement on the development of the Jewish and Zionist identity. Sending staff members from Israel who bring with them the Zionist and Israeli message helps to strengthen and promote the youths’ ties to Israel.
 

 

 
More about short term shlichut – this time to Latin America - World Union emissaries participated in a World Union of Jewish Congregations of Latin America and the Caribbean (UJCL) conference, early February in Costa Rica. The main theme of the conference was “Israel and the Diaspora – Strengthening Ties” and two senior World Union for Progressive Judaism staff members were invited to give lectures at the conference and to deliver the Zionist message to the conference attendees.
 
Among the subjects that the World Union staff members lectured on were: an update on the situation in Israel, while emphasizing that according to the latest polls of the Democratic Center, more than seven percent of the Israeli public consider themselves Reform or Conservative, yet we know that there is still a long road ahead to achieving genuine pluralism based on acceptance and respect of people with different beliefs. They also focused on the important role of the Zionist youth movements which constitute a major player in bringing the Diaspora Jews closer to Israel – such as Netzer Olami and Tamar (Tnuat Magshimim Reformit – the movement of Reform fulfillers) and the important breakthrough that the Saltz Center is making with the development and promotion of Zionist leadership in the diaspora – community leaders, educators and social activists.
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