Archive 2011

JWI and the RA Bring Together Jewish Women Leaders

First in a Series of Conversations About Jewish Life


Washington, DC – Jewish Women International (JWI) and the Rabbinical Assembly brought together female leaders of Jewish organizations across America for a call earlier today with MK Tzipi Livni, head of the Kadima party in Knesset. This was the first in a series of calls designed to bring Jewish women leaders together to discuss important issues facing the Jewish community.

Resources on the Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian Statehood

The Israel Action Network (IAN), a project of the Jewish Federations of North America in partnership with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, is coordinating a North American response to the Palestinian Authority leadership’s decision to pursue a policy that has become known as Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). While the exact course of their actions is not known, it may include seeking full membership or some form of enhanced status in the U.N. during the General Assembly in late September. UDI threatens to undermine the long-standing consensus of reaching a two states for two peoples outcome based on direct bilateral negotiations; instead it uses the UN as a vehicle to isolate and place diplomatic pressure on Israel.

The Rabbinical Assembly, having recently released a resolution on UDI, is partnering with the IAN in this important effort.

East Africa Relief

Countries in the Horn of Africa including, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years. As a result, millions of people are in desperate need of food and water. Livestock and crops are deteriorating due to the lack of access to water and malnutrition is on the rise. A famine has been declared in two regions of Somalia, causing roughly 600,000 Somalis to flee to neighboring countries.

170 Jewish Social Justice Leaders to Meet With Obama Administration

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable - For Immediate Release

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Erica Brody, (212) 213-2113 x51, cell (718) 608 4514
Regina Weiss, (212) 213-2113 x20, cell (357) 263 3405

Washington, D.C.; July 27, 2011—On Friday, July 29th, 170 representatives of organizations that are part of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable (JSJRT) of which the Rabbinical Assembly is a founding member, will travel to the White House for a policy briefing to exchange ideas on housing, healthcare, food justice and education. The JSJRT is a group of 21 nonprofit organizations promoting economic and social justice as a core tenet of Jewish life.  The RA delegation includes Rabbis Jack Moline, RA director of Public Policy, Jeffrey Wohlberg, RA past president and rabbi emeritus of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC; Jacob Blumenthal, Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg, MD; Michael Safra, B’nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD; Andrea Merow, Beth Sholom Congregation, Elkins Park, PA; Ron Shulman, senior rabbi, Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Daniel Burg of Beth Am Congregation, both of Baltimore; Elizabeth Richman, program director and rabbi-in-residence at Jews United for Justice. and Jan Caryl Kaufman of the Rabbinical Assembly in New York.  Other RA members attending are Rabbis Jason Kimmelman-Block, Senior Director of Leadership Initiatives and Rabbi-in-Residence, Jewish Funds for Justice; and Sheldon Lewis, rabbi emeritus of Kol Emeth Congregation, Palo Alto, CA.  We are proud that Rabbi Moline will deliver the closing statement and d’var Torah to the group as they meet with the Administration.  Rabbis Richman, Kimmelman-Block and Merow will also deliver kavvanot and brakhot on Friday’s program.

Prayer for the Bereaved of Norway

תפילה לאור האסון בנרבגיה

אֱלֹהֵי הָרוּחוֹת לְכָל בָּשָׂר, שַׁלֵּם בְּרַחֲמֶיךָ הָרַבִּים נִחוּמִים לַמִּשְׁפָּחוֹת הַשַּׁכּוּלוֹת וְהַדּוֹאֲבוֹת עַל מוֹת בְּנֵיהֶן וּבְנוֹתֵיהֶן אֲשֶׁר נִטְבְּחוּ בְּדַם קַר בַּמַּמְלָכָה הַצְּפוֹנִית עַל יְדֵי רוֹצֵחַ שֶׁאָבְדּוּ מִמֶּנוּ צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד. שָׂא עֵינֶיךָ בְּאַהֲבָה וּבְחֶמְלָה לָאָבוֹת הַמְּבַכִּים אֶת בְּנֵיהֶם וְלָאִמָּהוֹת הָאֲבֵלוֹת עַל בְּנוֹתֵיהֶן אֲשֶׁר נִקְטְלוּ בִּדְמֵי חַיֵּיהֶם. טַע בְּלִבֵּנוּ וּבְלֵב כָּל הָעַמִּים אֵת אֲשֶׁר לִמַּדְּתָּ אֶת אֵלִיָה הַנָּבִיא בְּחוֹרֵב: לֹא בָּרוּחַ ה' וְלֹא בָּרַעַשׁ ה' וְלֹא בָּאֵשׁ ה' אֶלָּא בְּקוֹל דְּמָמָה דַּקָּה שֶׁל אַהֲבַת הַבְּרִיוֹת וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת לְפָנֶיךָ. וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן. י