Adult Study Class
Thursday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

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So often when we go to Israel we bring ourselves to the land filled with our history, our people and our prayers.  My trip earlier this month was different. On this trip, Israel confronted me. I was confronted by beautiful music and the sweet aroma of the open market – and I was confronted by an opportunity to talk with three Palestinian boys recently arrested and jailed for months for throwing stones. I was confronted by the most inspirational moments of Jewish life flourishing in the streets and by the most disturbing elements of humanity brought out by fears. During my brief two weeks in Israel a member of the Israeli Knesset denied that Reform Judaism is Judaism at all while the United Church of Christ’s national body voted to join the BDS movement, a movement to boycott Israeli products. 

I invite you to join me tomorrow as I reflect on this experience, the great joys and the terrible fears I experienced. While I have a lot to share, I hope our time together will be a frank discussion that unpacks some of the facts, even if it leaves us with more questions to be answered.  

JB-palestinianyouthThree Palestinian youth recently released from Israeli prison speaking with Rabbi Brown and rabbinic colleagues on his trip with Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

JB-speakerRabbi Brown and rabbinic colleagues on his trip with Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, speaking with a leader in the non-violent Palestinian protest movement overlooking a Palestinian village and Jewish settlement in the West Bank.  

JB-beachEnjoying a cold drink on the packed beach in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon before Shabbat begins!!