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Sunday, 21 October 2007

Weekly Update 18/10/07

Dear Members,

1. 'One Voice' demonstration cancelled

The 'One Voice' demonstration that was due to take place in both Jericho
and Tel Aviv on 18th October had to be cancelled due to security
threats. In turn the London event has been cancelled. We feel it is a
shame that minority views that foster violence, have stood in the way of
valid attempts for peace and we offer our solidarity to the organisers
of the events.

2. Working towards Religious pluralism in Israel

We have two articles of interest this week that both centre on the issue
of the State of Israel recognising different expressions of Judaism.

The first piece is written by Anat Hoffman; the Director of Israel
Religious Action Centre, the public and legal advocacy arm of the Israel
Movement for Progressive Judaism. The piece was written for the 'Taste
of Limmud' series. 'Taste of Limmud', sent out each week, provides a
thought on the weekly parasha from Jewish educators from all over the
world. In the article, Anat looks at the 'creation' of certain values
in Israel's society as a microcosm of the creation story of Bereishit.

If you wish to receive Limmud's weekly emails, visit:
http://www.limmud.org/publications/tasteoflimmud/about/


The second piece is an article from Ha'aretz, written by Daphna Berman
about the hosting of a a delegation from Britain's Movement for Reform
Judaism by President Shimon Peres, at his official residence in
Jerusalem this week. The delegation of the leaders of the Movement for
Reform Judaism are ln Israel this month to develop the Movement's
engagement with the Jewish State as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.
This is an historical meeting in which the ties between Israel and the
Diaspora can be strengthend through the recognition of Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Bayfield was interviewed about the iminent trip on Radio 4's Today
programme on Wednesday 17th October. You can listen to this by visiting
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/.


3. Clore Israel Foundation

Please also find attached an email from Carole Brauner, the Director of
Development at the Sir Charles Clore Jewish Arab Community Centre in
Acre. The email describes the incredible recent progress of the work
that the community centre does in the local community. If you would
like more information about the Clore Israel Foundation then please
visit their website at http://www.clore-foundation.org.il/.


That is all for this week, we hope you find the articles and links of
interest to you. If you have any questions or comments then we are
always happy to hear from you.

We wish you Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Gluckman and all at Pro Zion

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