Rabbinic Cabinet Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting to be held GA Novemver 9-11, 2014

 

 Rabbinic Cabinet Annual Meeting to be held
at the GA in Washington D.C.,  November 9-11, 2014
 
This year the GA will be in Washington D.C. on November 9-11, 2014.  This year , as the GA is reimagined to become a shuk of ideas and experiences for N.A. Jewry, the Rabbinic Cabinet has decided to hold its Annual Meeting there.  This will allow us tp hook into the exciting GA program while still having unique Rabbinic Cabinet programs.
 
We are urging rabbis from all over the world and from all of the streams, to join us at the GA so as to make a positive statement wherein ahavat Yisrael becomes the operative word for world Jewry. 
 
Watch for additional details about the GA in upcoming Rabbinic Cabinet updates.
 

 

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Rabbi Les Bronstein  Chair
Rabbi Larry Kotok, Vice Chair
Rabbi Frederick Klein, Vice Chair
Rabbi Steve Lindeman, Vice Chair
Rabbi Gerald I. Weider, Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet
 
 

RABBINIC CABINET:Israel Solidarity Mission August 2014 


Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission to Israel

August 2014 

 


Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Solidarity Mission Report

 Overall, the Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission was a great success.  The fourteen rabbis who participated in the mission came away with an up close and personal understanding of the events, personalities and complexities involved in the most recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. There were several incredibly moving moments of the mission that drove home the point of our being  "Am Echad" , one people united in purpose and understanding that Israel was fighting for all of us in America and indeed in the entire western world.

Our visits (there were several) with lone soldiers in the IDF, with wounded soldiers at Shebah Rehabilitation Center, and with Racheli Frankel (mother of Naftali, one of the three slain teen age boys) moved us all to tears.   When we went to Ashkelon (that was as far south as we were permitted to go) we saw the terrible damage that one rocket did to a house and we all then realized how miraculous Iron Dome was because if all of those rockets had gotten through, the populace of Israel would have been devastated and the Israeli response would have been harsher.  

While we were looking at that damaged house in Ashkelon, with Congressman Peter King and former New York Governor David Paterson, a code red signal went off.  We all ran together for shelter during that missile attack which was thwarted by the Iron Dome. Both Congressman King and Governor Patterson noted many times during the mission that the battle against terrorism belongs to all, regardless of political party or particular religion and that is why they were proud to support Israel and to be with us on this mission.

We had numerous briefings by officials and individuals who enlightened us as to the situation and its implications.  Tali Levanon came to us in Jerusalem as we were not able to go to and see her work in S’derote.  She told us of the ground breaking work that the Trauma Coalition (which is JFNA supported) has done to help Israelis all over the south cope with the constant bombardment and other disruptions in their normal lives. Tal Becker of the Hartman Institute gave us an insight into the negotiations which led up to the cease fire. And Col. Benzi Gruber led a program called "Ethics and Dilemma’s in the Field".  He showed us how the IDF officers and ground soldiers have  8 seconds in which to decide to shoot or not to shoot and what his means for a person’s conscience.  This truly brought home the heroic work that the IDF did under the most difficult of circumstances.

The JFNA Jerusalem office was instrumental in setting up meetings with the American Ambassador Dan Shapiro,  Jonathan Schacter the Chief Political Advisor to PM Netanyahu, and Michael Ratney the US Consul General in Jerusalem.  They, along with David Horvitz, Editor of the Times of Israel provided the group with additional important insights and understanding. 

It is hard to estimate the affect this battle has had on the psychic of Israelis but every single person we met thanked us for coming to Israel at this difficult time and dangerous time. That, in itself, made a major impact on everyone who participated in the mission. As such, I am sure that the rabbis will all speak about this experience at the High Holy Days and thus reach out to thousands of American Jews with the message that "Am Yisrael Chai"….the people of Israel lives through a symbiotic relationship between Eretz Yisrael and the diaspora and that we in the Federation system play a vital role in this equation.   

In closing let me note yy thanks go to out to Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis and Rabbi David Seth Kirschner of Temple Emanu-el in Closter N.J. for helping in the organization and implementation of the mission. 

 

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA

PS to view a short video of the mission click here:


Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Solidarity Mission Report

 

Overall, the Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission was a great success.  The fourteen rabbis who participated in the mission came away with an up close and personal understanding of the events, personalities and complexities involved in the most recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. There were several incredibly moving moments of the mission that drove home the point of our being  "Am Echad" , one people united in purpose and understanding that Israel was fighting for all of us in America and indeed in the entire western world.

Our visits (there were several) with lone soldiers in the IDF, with wounded soldiers at Shebah Rehabilitation Center, and with Racheli Frankel (mother of Naftali, one of the three slain teen age boys) moved us all to tears.   When we went to Ashkelon (that was as far south as we were permitted to go) we saw the terrible damage that one rocket did to a house and we all then realized how miraculous Iron Dome was because if all of those rockets had gotten through, the populace of Israel would have been devastated and the Israeli response would have been harsher.  

While we were looking at that damaged house in Ashkelon, with Congressman Peter King and former New York Governor David Paterson, a code red signal went off.  We all ran together for shelter during that missile attack which was thwarted by the Iron Dome. Both Congressman King and Governor Patterson noted many times during the mission that the battle against terrorism belongs to all, regardless of political party or particular religion and that is why they were proud to support Israel and to be with us on this mission.

We had numerous briefings by officials and individuals who enlightened us as to the situation and its implications.  Tali Levanon came to us in Jerusalem as we were not able to go to and see her work in S’derote.  She told us of the ground breaking work that the Trauma Coalition (which is JFNA supported) has done to help Israelis all over the south cope with the constant bombardment and other disruptions in their normal lives. Tal Becker of the Hartman Institute gave us an insight into the negotiations which led up to the cease fire. And Col. Benzi Gruber led a program called "Ethics and Dilemma’s in the Field".  He showed us how the IDF officers and ground soldiers have  8 seconds in which to decide to shoot or not to shoot and what his means for a person’s conscience.  This truly brought home the heroic work that the IDF did under the most difficult of circumstances.

The JFNA Jerusalem office was instrumental in setting up meetings with the American Ambassador Dan Shapiro,  Jonathan Schacter the Chief Political Advisor to PM Netanyahu, and Michael Ratney the US Consul General in Jerusalem.  They, along with David Horvitz, Editor of the Times of Israel provided the group with additional important insights and understanding. 

It is hard to estimate the affect this battle has had on the psychic of Israelis but every single person we met thanked us for coming to Israel at this difficult time and dangerous time. That, in itself, made a major impact on everyone who participated in the mission. As such, I am sure that the rabbis will all speak about this experience at the High Holy Days and thus reach out to thousands of American Jews with the message that "Am Yisrael Chai"….the people of Israel lives through a symbiotic relationship between Eretz Yisrael and the diaspora and that we in the Federation system play a vital role in this equation.   

In closing let me note yy thanks go to out to Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis and Rabbi David Seth Kirschner of Temple Emanu-el in Closter N.J. for helping in the organization and implementation of the mission. 

 

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA

PS to view a short video of the mission click here:


Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Solidarity Mission Report

 

Overall, the Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission was a great success.  The fourteen rabbis who participated in the mission came away with an up close and personal understanding of the events, personalities and complexities involved in the most recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. There were several incredibly moving moments of the mission that drove home the point of our being  "Am Echad" , one people united in purpose and understanding that Israel was fighting for all of us in America and indeed in the entire western world.

Our visits (there were several) with lone soldiers in the IDF, with wounded soldiers at Shebah Rehabilitation Center, and with Racheli Frankel (mother of Naftali, one of the three slain teen age boys) moved us all to tears.   When we went to Ashkelon (that was as far south as we were permitted to go) we saw the terrible damage that one rocket did to a house and we all then realized how miraculous Iron Dome was because if all of those rockets had gotten through, the populace of Israel would have been devastated and the Israeli response would have been harsher.  

While we were looking at that damaged house in Ashkelon, with Congressman Peter King and former New York Governor David Paterson, a code red signal went off.  We all ran together for shelter during that missile attack which was thwarted by the Iron Dome. Both Congressman King and Governor Patterson noted many times during the mission that the battle against terrorism belongs to all, regardless of political party or particular religion and that is why they were proud to support Israel and to be with us on this mission.

We had numerous briefings by officials and individuals who enlightened us as to the situation and its implications.  Tali Levanon came to us in Jerusalem as we were not able to go to and see her work in S’derote.  She told us of the ground breaking work that the Trauma Coalition (which is JFNA supported) has done to help Israelis all over the south cope with the constant bombardment and other disruptions in their normal lives. Tal Becker of the Hartman Institute gave us an insight into the negotiations which led up to the cease fire. And Col. Benzi Gruber led a program called "Ethics and Dilemma’s in the Field".  He showed us how the IDF officers and ground soldiers have  8 seconds in which to decide to shoot or not to shoot and what his means for a person’s conscience.  This truly brought home the heroic work that the IDF did under the most difficult of circumstances.

The JFNA Jerusalem office was instrumental in setting up meetings with the American Ambassador Dan Shapiro,  Jonathan Schacter the Chief Political Advisor to PM Netanyahu, and Michael Ratney the US Consul General in Jerusalem.  They, along with David Horvitz, Editor of the Times of Israel provided the group with additional important insights and understanding. 

It is hard to estimate the affect this battle has had on the psychic of Israelis but every single person we met thanked us for coming to Israel at this difficult time and dangerous time. That, in itself, made a major impact on everyone who participated in the mission. As such, I am sure that the rabbis will all speak about this experience at the High Holy Days and thus reach out to thousands of American Jews with the message that "Am Yisrael Chai"….the people of Israel lives through a symbiotic relationship between Eretz Yisrael and the diaspora and that we in the Federation system play a vital role in this equation.   

In closing let me note yy thanks go to out to Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis and Rabbi David Seth Kirschner of Temple Emanu-el in Closter N.J. for helping in the organization and implementation of the mission. 

 

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA

PS to view a short video of the mission click here:


Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Solidarity Mission Report

 

Overall, the Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission was a great success.  The fourteen rabbis who participated in the mission came away with an up close and personal understanding of the events, personalities and complexities involved in the most recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. There were several incredibly moving moments of the mission that drove home the point of our being  "Am Echad" , one people united in purpose and understanding that Israel was fighting for all of us in America and indeed in the entire western world.

Our visits (there were several) with lone soldiers in the IDF, with wounded soldiers at Shebah Rehabilitation Center, and with Racheli Frankel (mother of Naftali, one of the three slain teen age boys) moved us all to tears.   When we went to Ashkelon (that was as far south as we were permitted to go) we saw the terrible damage that one rocket did to a house and we all then realized how miraculous Iron Dome was because if all of those rockets had gotten through, the populace of Israel would have been devastated and the Israeli response would have been harsher.  

While we were looking at that damaged house in Ashkelon, with Congressman Peter King and former New York Governor David Paterson, a code red signal went off.  We all ran together for shelter during that missile attack which was thwarted by the Iron Dome. Both Congressman King and Governor Patterson noted many times during the mission that the battle against terrorism belongs to all, regardless of political party or particular religion and that is why they were proud to support Israel and to be with us on this mission.

We had numerous briefings by officials and individuals who enlightened us as to the situation and its implications.  Tali Levanon came to us in Jerusalem as we were not able to go to and see her work in S’derote.  She told us of the ground breaking work that the Trauma Coalition (which is JFNA supported) has done to help Israelis all over the south cope with the constant bombardment and other disruptions in their normal lives. Tal Becker of the Hartman Institute gave us an insight into the negotiations which led up to the cease fire. And Col. Benzi Gruber led a program called "Ethics and Dilemma’s in the Field".  He showed us how the IDF officers and ground soldiers have  8 seconds in which to decide to shoot or not to shoot and what his means for a person’s conscience.  This truly brought home the heroic work that the IDF did under the most difficult of circumstances.

The JFNA Jerusalem office was instrumental in setting up meetings with the American Ambassador Dan Shapiro,  Jonathan Schacter the Chief Political Advisor to PM Netanyahu, and Michael Ratney the US Consul General in Jerusalem.  They, along with David Horvitz, Editor of the Times of Israel provided the group with additional important insights and understanding. 

It is hard to estimate the affect this battle has had on the psychic of Israelis but every single person we met thanked us for coming to Israel at this difficult time and dangerous time. That, in itself, made a major impact on everyone who participated in the mission. As such, I am sure that the rabbis will all speak about this experience at the High Holy Days and thus reach out to thousands of American Jews with the message that "Am Yisrael Chai"….the people of Israel lives through a symbiotic relationship between Eretz Yisrael and the diaspora and that we in the Federation system play a vital role in this equation.   

In closing let me note yy thanks go to out to Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis and Rabbi David Seth Kirschner of Temple Emanu-el in Closter N.J. for helping in the organization and implementation of the mission. 

 

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA

PS to view a short video of the mission click here:

  


Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Solidarity Mission Report

 

Overall, the Rabbinic Cabinet Solidarity Mission was a great success.  The fourteen rabbis who participated in the mission came away with an up close and personal understanding of the events, personalities and complexities involved in the most recent conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorists. There were several incredibly moving moments of the mission that drove home the point of our being  "Am Echad" , one people united in purpose and understanding that Israel was fighting for all of us in America and indeed in the entire western world.

Our visits (there were several) with lone soldiers in the IDF, with wounded soldiers at Shebah Rehabilitation Center, and with Racheli Frankel (mother of Naftali, one of the three slain teen age boys) moved us all to tears.   When we went to Ashkelon (that was as far south as we were permitted to go) we saw the terrible damage that one rocket did to a house and we all then realized how miraculous Iron Dome was because if all of those rockets had gotten through, the populace of Israel would have been devastated and the Israeli response would have been harsher.  

While we were looking at that damaged house in Ashkelon, with Congressman Peter King and former New York Governor David Paterson, a code red signal went off.  We all ran together for shelter during that missile attack which was thwarted by the Iron Dome. Both Congressman King and Governor Patterson noted many times during the mission that the battle against terrorism belongs to all, regardless of political party or particular religion and that is why they were proud to support Israel and to be with us on this mission.

We had numerous briefings by officials and individuals who enlightened us as to the situation and its implications.  Tali Levanon came to us in Jerusalem as we were not able to go to and see her work in S’derote.  She told us of the ground breaking work that the Trauma Coalition (which is JFNA supported) has done to help Israelis all over the south cope with the constant bombardment and other disruptions in their normal lives. Tal Becker of the Hartman Institute gave us an insight into the negotiations which led up to the cease fire. And Col. Benzi Gruber led a program called "Ethics and Dilemma’s in the Field".  He showed us how the IDF officers and ground soldiers have  8 seconds in which to decide to shoot or not to shoot and what his means for a person’s conscience.  This truly brought home the heroic work that the IDF did under the most difficult of circumstances.

The JFNA Jerusalem office was instrumental in setting up meetings with the American Ambassador Dan Shapiro,  Jonathan Schacter the Chief Political Advisor to PM Netanyahu, and Michael Ratney the US Consul General in Jerusalem.  They, along with David Horvitz, Editor of the Times of Israel provided the group with additional important insights and understanding. 

It is hard to estimate the affect this battle has had on the psychic of Israelis but every single person we met thanked us for coming to Israel at this difficult time and dangerous time. That, in itself, made a major impact on everyone who participated in the mission. As such, I am sure that the rabbis will all speak about this experience at the High Holy Days and thus reach out to thousands of American Jews with the message that "Am Yisrael Chai"….the people of Israel lives through a symbiotic relationship between Eretz Yisrael and the diaspora and that we in the Federation system play a vital role in this equation.   

In closing let me note yy thanks go to out to Rabbi Joe Potasnik of the NY Board of Rabbis and Rabbi David Seth Kirschner of Temple Emanu-el in Closter N.J. for helping in the organization and implementation of the mission. 

 

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Director of the Rabbinic Cabinet of JFNA

 

 

 

 

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The Orchard Fall 2014/ High Holy days 
With drishat shalom, we are pleased to share with you the 2014/5775 fall edition of The Orchard.  It contains articles, sermons, sermon starter ideas, tefillot, poetry and prose written by Rabbinic Cabinet colleagues across North America.  We hope and pray that it will be a useful resource to you for this season and beyond.
 
The Orchard is being delivered in electronic format to Cabinet members and Federation leaders. To download your copy of The Orchard for Passover 5775 please click here:  
Best wishes for a Shana Tova  
 
 
 
Rabbi Gerald I.Weider
Director of The Rabbinic Cabinet 
The Jewish Federations of North America
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