Masorti Judaism Marks Israel at 70

Join us to celebrate 70 years of Israel and ask the hard questions about the future of the Jewish state.

Sunday 28 October at 2pm, New North London Synagogue in Finchley

£10/£6 concessions in advance – £12/£8 on the door. Book at www.masorti.org.uk/israel70

Israel 70 Masorti flyer

Sessions will 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 (Director of the Bereaved Families Forum in the UK) 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 Daniel Kosky (UJS Campaigns Organiser), Raphael Wein (Exec Director, Stand With Us), Rachel Rose (Noam/Marom) and Noah Libson (chair)

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

Concluding with a concert celebrating the Songs of Israel with Yoav Oved.

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