The Masorti Judaism Israel Day
Location: New North London Synagogue
Date: 28 October 2018
Price: £10 / £6 (concession) in advance; £12 / £8 (concession) on the door
Confirmed speakers include:
The fight for religious pluralism: Hear from a front-line political activist about attempts to challenge the Orthodox establishment’s monopoly on marriage, conversion, kashrut, the Kotel and more. With Yael Cohen Paran MK (Zionist Union Party and member of the Israeli Masorti movement) and Adam Ognall (Chief Executive, New Israel Fund)
Defenders of Israel or critical friends?: Tackling one of the most controversial issues in the Jewish community – can we criticise Israel and how far can legitimate criticism go? With Hannah Weisfeld (Yachad) and Luke Akehurst (We Believe in Israel)
Israel’s Palestinian citizens: Over 1.5 million Palestinians are citizens of the State of Israel (up to 5 million more live in the West Bank and Gaza). Explore issues of discrimination, identity and civil society with Sana Knaneh (A researcher at Mitvim- The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies) in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Building Masorti Judaism in Israel: Israel has over 70 Masorti communities and the movement is growing. Learn about some of the challenges and opportunities from two Israeli Masorti members. With Yael Cohen Paran MK and Rabbi Joel Levy
Israel on campus: The inside perspective on what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. How are Jewish students engaging with Israel and its detractors? With Hannah Rose (UJS President), Raphael Wein (Exec Director, Stand With Us), Rachel Rose (Noam/Marom) and Noah Libson (chair)
Who threatens Israel and how can we interpret Israeli politics today? An overview and open Q&A session on Israeli politics and Israeli security. With James Sorene (CEO, BICOM)
Text study on issues in Israeli society: Bet Midrash style learning with Rabbi Joel Levy (Head of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem)
Towards a Masorti Zionism: Drawing on modern Jewish thought from Ahad Ha’am to Martin Buber to explore a unique vision of Masorti Zionism. With Matt Plen (Chief Executive, Masorti Judaism)
Israel and Masorti Jews – what are our obligations?: A panel discussion with Yael Cohen Paran MK and Rabbi Joel Levy, Rabbi Chaim Weiner and Senior Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
We will also have speakers from Masorti Israel and UK Masorti rabbis.
The event will close with a special concert, ‘Songs of Israel’, by Israeli singer Yoav Oved. This concert is co-sponsored by Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, in celebration of their 18th birthday.