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Sunday 17 February 2008

Update 14/02/02 and AGM notice

Dear Members,

Not only do we have for you three thought provoking and controversial
articles; we also have two future events that we hope will be
informative and practical.

The first event is our AGM on Sunday 30th March, 5pm at Finchley
Progressive Synagogue. After the AGM (at 5.30pm) we will be hosting a
panel discussion on how to bring Israel to our communities.

The second event is on Wednesday 12th March at 8pm at Alyth Gardens
Synagogue. A distinguished panel will be discussing "Israel and
Zionism... the next 60 years." Please see the attached poster for
more details of this event.

On to our articles.
1. Har-El Jubilee - we are proud to share this article on the news and
history of Kehillat Har-El in Jerusalem. They are celebrating their
jubilee anniversary this year and are Israel's oldest progressive
congregation. See the article for more information.
2. Interfaith Couples Trip to Israel - dealing with interfaith couples
and marriages is a controversial issue in the diaspora and one that
Progressive communities are taking steps to deal with constructively.
This fascinating article details a new American scheme to take these
couples to Israel in order to bring Jewish values to these relationships.
3. Tackling the Elephant - We always say in Pro-Zion that we value,
democracy and openness of views and opinions. This article, by a former
director of public affairs of Agudath Israel USA, is certainly not one
that we agree with but is important to hear out and understand. The
author describes the importance of the status quo of religion and state
in Israel and why it must not change. What do you think? Be sure to let
us know via e-mail or on our blog.

Finally - A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - can you help us with a mailout? We are
trying to get our 2008 membership renewals and next newsletter out as
soon as possible but we are all volunteers and are really short on hands
right now. If you are willing to help out labelling and stuffing
envelopes (we can drop off a box at your home and pick them up again for
posting!) please let us know.

We hope to see some of you on Sunday at the Leo Baeck college education
conference on Israel 60 where we have a stand.
Shabbat Shalom
Daniel, Charlie and all at Pro Zion


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