Last week The Movement for Reform Judaism was thrilled to welcome Anna Kislanski, CEO of the Reform Movement in Israel (IMPJ) and her deputy, David Bernstein to a series of meetings with Reform leaders, clergy and donors. This series of meetings was taken place while increasing concerns are raised with regards the impact of the new Israeli government on the Reform Movement in Israel, Religious Pluralism and indeed its approach to equality, justice and human rights.
These meetings are a way of strengthening our relationships with our Israeli sister, show solidarity with its struggle for funding and recognition and foster on the ground real connection between people and communities. It is our duty that at a difficult time in Israel we stand shoulder to should with organisations who represent our values. As we are celebrating Israel 75th anniversary this Yom HaAtzmaut, welcoming the leaders of IMPJ is a great start to raise awareness to the wonderful and meaningful work the Reform Movement in Israel is doing and we should be all proud of and support.
The various meetings and visits included a briefing from Anna about the new reality the Israeli Reform Movement is facing under the current government and the cations it is planning to take to ensure its activities and communities continue to thrive and develop. They have also addressed ways that Reform communities, leaders and clergy can support the Israeli Reform Movement politically, relationally and financially.