Beth El Announces Upcoming Speakers Exploring Isreal and Society From Congregation Beth El:
Congregation Beth El has announced the next two events in its series of events commemorating Israel’s 70th anniversary.
The Fight for Religious Pluralism in Israel: Recognizing all forms of Jewish Expression, January 16 at 7:30pm with Rabbi Arie Hasit. Rabbi Arie Hasit grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and made aliyah in 2005. He currently serves as the founding rabbi of the Masorti community in Mazkeret Batya and the educational coordinator for Rav Siach, a program designed to connect Israeli and Diaspora Jews. Rabbi Arie will discuss the challenges of being a non-Orthodox rabbi in Israel, the struggle for equality among all forms of Jewish expression in Israel, and what the American Jewish community can do to support diverse Jewish expression.
The Future of the Millennial Jewish Relationship with the State of Israel, February 4 at 9:30am with Dr. Hillel Gruenberg. Dr. Hillel Gruenberg, the Director of Israel Engagement at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College, will speak about the challenging trends of affiliation, commitment, and support among the American Jewish community towards Israel and why there seems to be a schism among millennial Jews and the modern Jewish state. He will also explore what the future might hold and what the American Jewish community can do to shape the future of that relationship.
All events are free and open to the public. They will be held at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange. Further information is available by contacting the synagogue at 973-763-0111 or by emailing [email protected]