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An End-of-Year Message from Our Co-Chairs

By Masorti Judaism

For many of us 2016 has been a challenging year to say the least.

We have been saddened by events around the world, in particular the unfolding tragedy in Syria, violence and hatred nearer to home, and within our own communities where we have suffered the loss of much loved friends and family members.

It’s at times like this when we try to remember the positives and look forward to the future.

2016 has been an encouraging year for Masorti Judaism. Our core beliefs of kindness and justice have guided us as we do whatever we can to relieve the pain of others, both within and outside the Masorti family. Noam continues to provide our young people with opportunities to develop as thoughtful, principled Jews, and our communities are developing under the guidance of a growing group of excellent rabbis, with more in training.

The Hanukkah message of dedication to our values and faith, and that a society free from oppression for all is possible, is as relevant to us today as it was some 2200 years ago.

We wish you all a happy Hanukkah and best wishes for 2017.

Nick Gendler and Shirley Fenster

Co-Chairs

Posted on 30 December 2016

This blog aims to provide articles of interest on the weekly parashah and issues in Masorti Judaism, representing the full range of diverse views that exist among Masorti members. For guidance on any of the issues raised, please consult your rabbi.

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