Reflecting as Masorti Embarks on 5779
We are so honored that this year former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and Julie Fisher chose to share the story how Masorti embraced them as they began their diplomatic mission in Israel. Now they return that embrace with their strong and enduring support of the Masorti movement. We are grateful for their warm wishes for 5779 and beyond.
Check out their letter below.
5778 was a tumultuous year--we had a rabbi (Dubi Haiyun) detained and questioned for officiating at a Masorti wedding, a Ugandan Jew converted by Masorti nearly deported from Israel and laws passed in the Knesset that violate core Masorti values. For a powerful take on just this subject,
read Rabbi Susan Grossman's sermon
, it the first in what will be a lively new series of talks and sermons from important Masorti Congregational leaders.
As we prepare for Yom Kippur, I hope you will join us in thinking about the ways in which we, and Israel, can better live our highest Jewish values as expressed so eloquently in Israel's Declaration of Independence.
That is the work of Masorti in Israel. To expand pluralistic, egalitarian and welcoming communities across the country. Communities that are committed to preserving and practicing traditional Judaism -- fully at ease in the modern world.
G'mar Tov and Shana Tova.