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Jerusalem Report: "Ethiopian Dreams, Israeli Realities"

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Jerusalem Report:  Ethiopian Dreams, Israeli Realities07/31/2011 10:13By KAMOUN BEN SHIMON http://www.jpost.com/JerusalemReport/JewishWorld/Article.aspx?id=231614 An Ethiopian who became a Conservative rabbi struggles to make a difference in a community harmed by the flawed reception offered by Israeli authorities.
Photo by: SARAH LEVIN RABBI YEFET ALAMO SAYS that he is, and always has been, a dreamer. 
He had to be a dreamer, he smiles, to survive. Almo, 52, emigrated from Ethiopia, an agrarian society, to Israel, a post-industrial society, at the age of 22. His dreams, he says, helped him face anti-Semitism in Ethiopia. They guided him as he made the terrible journey from Gondar through the Sudan, suffering thirst, hunger and fear, walking for weeks, escaping the threats to his family's life and his own. They aided him when he arrived in the Jewish homeland, only to find that Israel rejected his Judaism. And those same dreams for a better society have given him comfort as he continu…

JOSH KORNBLUTH: "TWO ABRAHAMS"

JOSH KORNBLUTH: TWO ABRAHAMShttp://joshkornbluth.com/wordpress/?p=953
The Old City of Jerusalem is a taut knot at the center of multiple strands of spiritual longing.  It is divided into Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Armenian "quarters" — but when you walk through the narrow old winding streets, you quickly see that the separations aren't so neat in a place where menorahs can easily be found for sale in the Muslim quarter.  In fact, it takes great energy and imagination to see the inhabitants as being unconnected to one another — the Jews and the Muslims and the Christians and the Armenians and the atheists and agnostics who maneuver among the uneven, foot-polished cobblestones, buying and selling, praying, chatting on a shady stoop, following in the footsteps of their savior or their sister or their ancestors.  It takes an act of will to mentally undo the knot that binds Jerusalemites together — to insist on a counter-reality in which these are clearly different types …

A Vision from Home

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Having trouble viewing this email? Click here  from Rabbi Creditor A Vision from Home25 Tammuz, 5771July 27, 2011 Dear Chevreh,It's good to be home after returning Monday night from the CNS Israel Trip.  But, oy, does it hurt to have left home behind.  And how appropriate to be torn between homes in the midst of the "Three Weeks" on our Masadacalendar between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (Tisha Be'Av), days which recall the destructions of both Jerusalem Temples, among other moments of loss in Jewish history.  Tradition has suggested that the following tragedies occurred on Tisha Be'av: the negative report of the spies in the desert, the fall of Betar (the last holdout of the Jewish people in the Bar Kochba Revolt), the edict for the Spanish expulsion of Jews was issued, and World War I began. Historicity is perhaps less important than meaning here. Tisha B'Av is a day of loss. It is, simply said, a very sad day for the Jews.   The Partizans' Memor…

Tisha B'Av Schedule @ CNS 5771

Tisha B'Av Schedule @ CNS 5771

Tisha B'av (the Ninth of Av), which begins Monday, August 8th (at 8:06pm) and continues on Tuesday, August 9th (at 8:42pm), is the day upon which we remember (and some mourn) the lost Jerusalem Temples. Tradition has suggested as well that the following tragedies occurred on Tisha Be'av: the negative report of the spies in the desert, the fall of Betar (the last holdout of the Jewish people in the Bar Kochba Revolt), the edict for the Spanish expulsion of Jews was issued, and World War I began. Historicity is perhaps less important than meaning here. Tisha B'Av is a day of loss. It is, simply said, a very sad day for the Jewish people.  On Tisha B'Av itself, it is traditional to refrain from eating, drinking, bathing, intimacy, wearing leather shoes, and learning Torah (except for topics pertaining to the day). 

This year our community will mark Tisha B'Av in the following ways:

1) Erev Tisha B'Av (Monday, Aug. 8):  We will meet …

RHR-NA: Is Your Rabbi a Human Rights Hero?

RHR-NA: Is Your Rabbi a Human Rights Hero?

Rabbis for Human Rights-North America is searching for rabbis who are human rights heroes.  Is your rabbi the one?  If so, nominate your rabbi as a human rights hero! Active community members from all over North America are invited to nominate their rabbi as a human rights hero. Two rabbis will be selected to be honored in person at the RHR-NA celebration on December 8, 2011 in New York City, as a guest of RHR-NA. Clickherefor more information and nomination forms.

What does it mean to be a Human Rights Hero? 

Nominated rabbis will be leaders in promoting human rights within their communities in North America and/or Israel and the Palestinian territories.  They are strongly committed to working towards the dignity and worth of every single person in society, consistent with theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Jewish belief that every person is a creation in the divine image.  

Who is eligible to be nominated as a Human Rights Hero?

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Measuring Success: "How Do You Create a Data Driven Culture? Step 1: Framing the Issue"

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