Reconciliation Activist Ali Abu Awwad Speaks at Mishkan Shalom

Informed by our Statement of Principles, Israel-related programming at Mishkan Shalom evolves in relation to the needs and concerns of our community.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Shawn Zevit or Board Representative for Tikkun Olam, Lynne Iser.

Read Rabbi Shawn's Israel Triplog

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Rabbis Shawn & Simcha Zevit just returned from an intensive visit with peace & justice partners in Israel, including our recent guest, Ali Abu Awwad (see below).

Read Rabbi Shawn's Triplog, see photos and link to videos and websites of related organizations here.

Yom Ha'atzmaut/Israel Independence Day Guest Speaker: Rachel Winner, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Rachel Winner, Project and Development Manager of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem. Learn about the Israeli-Palestinian/interfaith cooperation work that “Interfaith Sustain” is doing in Jerusalem and the larger area especially in this Shmita year.

Click here for full details.

The View from the Leftern Wall: Moriel Rothman-Zecher Speaks (3/6/15)

American-Israeli writer, poet, non-violent anti-occupation activist and Israeli Army refusenik is hosted by RRC at a breakfast and our Friday nite community potluck. Details, links of interest & RSVP here.

Reconciliation Activist Ali Abu Awwad Spoke to 100+ (10/9/14)

Many communities joined Mishkan Shalom in welcoming noted Palestinian pacifist Ali Abu Awwad to our "Canopy of Peace." Over 130 people heard him speak. Learn more about his work here.

Israel Independence Day (Spring 2013)

Israel Independence Day is a regular event on our synagogue’s calendar and, each year, we struggle to honor it to reflect our diversity of opinion and our values as a synagogue. What is left out of the stories we tell ourselves about Israel and Palestine? Can we celebrate Israel Independence Day while acknowledging the catastrophe it marks for the Palestinians? How can Mishkan Shalom face this challenge in a way that builds our community?

In the spring of 2013, through film and discussion, we explored perspectives on Israel's founding -- American, Israeli and Palestinian -- and shared our responses. We considered how Mishkan has marked Israel Independence Day in the past, looked at models from other congregations, and shared our own ideas for the years to come.

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