vi scriviamo per informarvi che il 29 Luglio alle ore 10 in via dei Salumi 51, il nostro Rav Joel Oseran officerà Schachrit e Mussaf celebrando al contempo il Bar Mitzvah di Nathan Simon, appartenente a una comunità Reform del New Jersey.
Il Bar Mitzavh è un passaggio molto importante nella vita di ogni ebreo per questo motivo Beth Hillel Roma vi chiede di partecipare numerosi e di far sentire a questo ragazzo tutta la nostra vicinanza.
Anche se lontano dalla sua terra natìa, Nathan troverà nella nostra comunità una casa e l’abbraccio di tutti noi.
Un cordiale Shalom
we have the pleasure to inform you that on July 29th at 10 o’clock, in Via dei Salumi 51, our Rabbi Joel Oseran will officiate Schachrit and Mussaf celebrating at the same time the Bar Mitzvah of Nathan Simon, belonging to a New Jersey Reform Community in the USA.
The Bar Mitzavh is a very important step in the life of every Jew, therefore we at Beth Hillel Rome would like to request your attendance in order to make Nathan feel all our support and warmth. Though far from his homeland, Nathan will find in our community a home and a place where he will be embraced by all of us.
A friendly Shalom
26 June 2017
We are profoundly disappointed in the decision of the Government of Israel to deny the Jewishness of Israeli citizens not converted under the authority of the chief rabbinate, and its refusal to honor its commitment to uphold the right of Jews to pray at the Kotel as they do in their own synagogues.
These decisions deliver a divisive and insulting blow to the millions of Jews who passionately believe in Jewish pluralism. By implementing its agreement, relations between Diaspora Jews and the State of Israel would have improved. Sadly, the Government violated the trust between us by changing the rules of conversion.
We are currently in Jerusalem attending the board meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) as Progressive Judaism’s international representatives. This morning, the board passed a resolution calling on Knesset members to reverse these decisions of the Cabinet. In protest, JAFI also cancelled our scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The sacred civil right “to live as free people in our land” has been sold to maintain a weak political coalition. The unity of the Jewish people, a central pillar of Zionism, has been seriously harmed by yesterday’s decisions.
With our movement partners in Israel, we must commit ourselves anew to defend religious rights in Israel. We urge you to contact your local Israel representatives, ambassadors or counsel general to express your outrage.
We will not allow others to tell us how to live as Jews.
Rabbi Daniel Freelander, President, WUPJ
Carole Sterling, Chair, WUPJ
Rabbi Lawrence Englander, Chairman, ARZENU
Cari Membri delle Comunità Progressive Italiane, Amici e Sostenitori, siamo felici di annunciare che la Federazione Italiana dell’Ebraismo Progressivo (FIEP) è stata riconosciuta il 19 maggio a Gerusalemme dalla Assemblea Generale della European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ). La FIEP riunisce le nostre 4 congregazioni: Beth Hillel - Roma, Beth Shalom – Milano, Lev Chadash – Milano e Shir Chadash – Firenze.
Noi, le Comunità Ebraiche Progressive Italiane, siamo arrivate a questo meraviglioso traguardo nel nostro sviluppo. Abbiamo costruito una leadership positiva, con l’ampia partecipazione delle nostre congregazioni e la preziosa assistenza e guida dei nostri Rabbini Progressivi.
Noi siamo perciò in grado di promuovere la tolleranza, l’inclusione, l’equità e il nostro moderno approccio al Ebraismo come strada verso la spiritualità, il senso di comunità e la preghiera.
Diciamo tutti insieme, “Shehechiayanu”
Dear Members of the Italian Progressive Communities, Friends and Supporters, We are happy to announce that the Federazione Italiana dell’Ebraismo Progressivo (FIEP) was ratified on May 19th in Jerusalem at the European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) General Assembly. FIEP unites our 4 congregations:Beth Hillel - Rome, Beth Shalom – Milan, Lev Chadash – Milan e Shir Chadash – Florence.
We, the Progressive Jewish Communities of Italy, are at a wonderful point in our development. We have positive lay leadership, with broad participation throughout our congregations and strong assistance and guidance from our Progressive Rabbis.
We are therefore able to promote tolerance, inclusion, justice and our modern approach to Judaism as our path to spirituality, community and prayer.
Let us all say, “Shehechiayanu.”
Joyce Bigio/Fabio Fantini
Italian representatives to the board of the European Union for Progressive Judaism
Il 12 febbraio 2017 a Firenze, i presidenti delle quattro congregazioni italiane per l’Ebraismo Progressivo si sono incontrati insieme alla rappresentante italiana nel consiglio direttivo della European Region for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) e al tesoriere della EUPJ, con il supporto dei rabbini delle comunità.
Al termine della riunione, ribadendo fermamente l’autonomia di ogni congregazione, è stata confermatala la necessità e l’urgenza della nascita di una istituzione finalizzata allo sviluppo dell’Ebraismo in Italia attraverso la rappresentanza comune e il coordinamento dell’attività delle comunità ebraico progressive nel nostro Paese.
Per raggiungere l’obiettivo, si è quindi concordato di:
- avviare nelle singole congregazioni il percorso di approvazione della costituzione della Federazione Italiana per l’Ebraismo Progressivo (FIEP);
- di presentare nelle prossime settimane la bozza di statuto della Fiep ai consigli direttivi delle congregazioni;
- di presentare la richiesta di associazione della FIEP alla EUPJ alla prossima assemblea annuale della EUPJ, che si terrà il 17 maggio 2017, durante la convention biennale , ‘Connections’, della World Union for Progressive Judaism;
- di garantire che l’adesione della FIEP alla EUPJ non limiterà l’autonomia delle singole congregazioni riformate italiane;
- di facilitare la costituzione della Federazione Italiana per l’Ebraismo Progressivo, la convocazione della sua prima assemblea e del suo consiglio esecutivo con un ‘direttivo di transizione’, formato dai sottoscrittori del presente accordo.
Carey Bernitz, presidente Beth Shalom Milano
Franca Coen, presidente Beth Hillel Roma
Carlo Riva presidente Lev Chadash- Associazione per Ebraismo Progressivo Milano
Lenny Robbins, presidente Shir Chadash Firenze
Joey Bigio, rappresentante italiana nel direttivo della EUP
David Pollak, tesoriere e membro del direttivo EUPJ
Rabbi Joel Oseran
Rabbi Sylvia Rothschield
Rabbi Leigh Lerner
Progetto Beth Hillel – Gariwo 2016-2017: ha preso l’avvio del progetto pilota riferito alla ‘”Giornata dei Giusti” e curato da Beth Hillel Roma e da Gariwo, Comitato per la Foresta dei Giusti Onlus, con alcuni istituti di Roma e del Lazio. Dopo un primo incontro di formazione dei docenti a cura di Anna Foa del Comitato scientifico, sviluppo sul tema dei Giusti da parte degli istituti coinvolti per approfondire le figure e le storie sulla base di letture, ricerche di testimonianze, attività di teatro pedagogico, incontri tra gli istituti partecipanti, visite ai luoghi della memoria, elaborazione di programmi didattici e attività conclusive nel marzo 2017. Sono in calendario altri incontri di formazione degli insegnanti, e sono già stati presi i contatti con i relatori della legge sui Giusti in vista della cerimonia di premiazione.
INVITO ALL’INCONTRO CON RAV. HAIM CIPRIANI SUL TEMA “ASCOLTA LA SUA VOCE”.
MARTEDI’ 1°NOVEMBRE 2016 ALLE ORE 20,50
Rav. Haim Cipriani ha svolto i suoi studi presso il Collegio Rabbinico Italiano e ha ricevuto l’ordinazione rabbinica dalla Yeshiva Ateret Tzvi. E’ membro delle Assemblee Rabbiniche e dei Tribunali Rabbinici dei Movimenti Massortì/Conservative e Reform/Progressive.
Per ulteriori informazioni contattare:
Un cordiale shalom e a presto
Beth Hillel Roma vi invita a partecipare – Venerdì 2 Settembre e Sabato 3 Settembre 2016 - alle celebrazioni di Rosh Chodesh E
Ecco il programma nei suoi dettagli:
Venerdì 2 settembre:
Ore 18,30: Rav. Joel Oseran incontrerà i più giovani, per i quali suonerà lo Shofar.
Ore 19,30: Kabbalat Shabbat e Arvi
A seguire, cena comunitaria a cura dei partecipanti a base di cibo vegetariano, dolci e/o vino kasher.
Sabato 3 settembre:
A partire dalle ore 10 Shachrit e Mussaf. Suono dello Shofar a conclusione del servizio religioso.
A seguire, Rav. Joel Oseran incontrerà i partecipanti al corso di ghiur.
Nell’attesa di rivedervi numerosi dopo le vacanze estive, un cordiale Shalom.
La Comunità Ebraica Progressive Beth Hillel Roma esprime orrore per le recenti stragi di Tel Aviv e Orlando che hanno distrutto la vita di tanti cittadini che si erano ritagliati un momento di serenità, e condanna con forza gli estremismi che armano mani assassine.
- CONTRO LA VIOLENZA, CONTRO L’OMOFOBIA
Beth Hillel, comunità ebraica progressive di Roma, che ha tra i suoi fondamenti i principi di universalità ed eguaglianza dei diritti delle persone che ispirano la tradizione dell’ebraismo, condanna l’aggressione compiuta al Gay Center a pochi giorni dalla approvazione della legge sulle unioni civili finalmente approvata dal Parlamento italiano.
Rivolge un appello preoccupato alle istituzioni perché siano garantite nel nostro paese tutela delle minoranze religiose, sociali e politiche, e serenità del dibattito civile.
Roma, 15 maggio 2016
Beth Hillel Roma
Affiliata alla World Union of Progressive Judaism
Le attività del prossimo mese iniziano con la Kabbalat Shabbat e Arvit di Venerdì 5 febbraio 2016 insieme a Lior Bar-Ami.
L’appuntamento è, come di consueto, è alle ore 19,15 nella sede di Via dei Salumi 51.
A seguire cena a cura dei partecipanti, che sono invitati a contribuire con cibi vegetariani, dolci e/o vino kasher.
Ci ritroveremo di nuovo Sabato 6 febbraio a partire dalle ore 10 per Shachrit, Mussaf e Kiddush.
The Kotel belongs to everyone!
The international World Union for Progressive Judaism celebrates the remarkable news from Jerusalem that the Israeli government will officially support the creation of an expanded egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel. We are attaching and distributing the announcements from the three groups that led the negotiations with the Prime Ministers’ office on behalf of the Reform Movement. The WUPJ owes a great debt of appreciation to Anat Hoffman and Rabbis Rick Jacobs and Gilad Kariv. They deserve our admiration and praise for their tenacity in advancing our cause – and succeeding beyond our imagination. Yasher Koach to them all. Please read the attached press releases and news stories from the Israel press and enjoy the ‘nachas’ of this joyous first step towards full equality in Israel.Rabbi Daniel Freelander, President, World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)Carole Sterling, Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
Dear friends,We are very pleased to share with you that today, the Israeli Government passed an historic and unprecedented resolution legalizing and officially recognizing the status of egalitarian prayer at the Kotel – Western Wall.Following three years of intense negotiations, an egalitarian and pluralistic prayer section will be constructed alongside the existing separated sections, the entrance to which will be from the central entry point and will be managed by the Reform and Conservative Movements in Israel and Women of the Wall, together with the Israeli Government.What this means:FOR THE FIRST TIME - Complete and clear Israeli legal recognition of egalitarian prayer in the spirit of Reform and Conservative Judaism as part of the custom of Jewish holy sites.FOR THE FIRST TIME - A joint government office with legally binding authority and government funding and official representation from the Reform and Conservative Movements.FOR THE FIRST TIME - Any visitor to the Kotel and any family from Israel or from abroad celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah will be able to choose between a separated prayer service with a Mechitza (barrier) between women and men and an egalitarian and mixed prayer service.FOR THE FIRST TIME - Legally binding recognition of the official status of the upper platform and its usage for ceremonies and national and public events with no separation between men and women and without the coercion of religious norms which are unaccepted by the majority of Israelis (such as the prevention of women from singing).FOR THE FIRST TIME - The Reform and Conservative Movements, Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) have teamed up for a joint and coordinated agreement with the Israeli government regarding matters of religion and state in Israel.Rabbi Gilad Kariv, IMPJ Executive Director, stated that “this Government resolution gives unprecedented recognition to Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel, puts an end to the monopoly at the Kotel and clearly states that at the holiest site to the Jewish people, and anywhere else, there is more than one way to pray and connect to Jewish tradition.”Joining him in praise for the resolution are President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who stated: “This effort is the result of the extraordinary commitment shown by those in Israel who wouldn’t agree to the second-class status imposed by the ultra-orthodox religious establishment and by all of us outside of Israel whose unconditional love for our Jewish State compels us to tirelessly advocate for a more equal, pluralistic and Jewishly vibrant Israel,” and Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall and head of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), who announced that “this is a groundbreaking agreement. After years and years of insisting that we have an equal place for prayer, after enduring campaigns of abuse against us, and being encouraged by a wave of Jewish support from across the globe, we have accomplished this extraordinary first step. We will be able to stand as part of living history, read the Torah and pray in the spirit of pluralism and egalitarianism that we believe is critical to a vibrant Judaism. Now, we look forward to the steps that will need to be taken to implement this plan.”The IMPJ joins all of its partners in this historical effort – the Conservative Movement in Israel and North America, Women of the Wall, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) – in celebrating this unprecedented victory and thanks them for their on-going partnership in this and many other joint endeavors.North American Reform Movement Applauds Passage of Plan to Enhance Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western WallStatement of the North American Reform Movement:North American Reform Movement Applauds Passage of Plan to Enhance Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western WallYears of Organized Efforts Yield Significant Victory for Reform Jews, Women of the Wall: New Area to be Under Non-Orthodox OversightSunday, January 31, 2016; NEW YORK, NY – In the most significant development in the nearly generation-long campaign by Women of the Wall and their allies for religious equality at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Israeli government today approved the creation of an enhanced egalitarian prayer space at the Wall, which, for the first time, will be under the authority of non-Orthodox leadership.The government’s proposal – which is the result of a coordinated effort by the Reform and Conservative Movements, both in Israel and in North America, Women of the Wall, and the Jewish Federations of North America – calls for a significant revamping of the Western Wall area to create a more unified relationship between the three prayer areas (men’s, women’s, and egalitarian). The existing egalitarian space – near the area known as Robinson’s Arch – will be enhanced by the creation of an expanded platform with more access to the Western Wall, including from the ancient Herodian street. The site will be open through the main plaza by removing existing visual barriers and building a new, inviting entrance.The approved proposal was the result of several years of intense negotiating, advocacy, and leadership, led by the North American Reform Movement and Women of the Wall and developed by Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, and the prime minister’s office.In weeks and months to come, the North American Reform Movement will work with its partners in Israel to implement the proposal and to celebrate this new arrangement, which will allow all Jews to experience an egalitarian prayer space at the holy site.“This is a groundbreaking agreement,” said Anat Hoffman, chairperson of Women of the Wall and the head of the Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center. Hoffman, an indefatigable crusader on behalf of this issue who experienced arrests and insults through the decades of struggle, said, “After years and years of innnovo delle iscrizioni, da efface for prayer, after enduring campaigns of abuse against us, and being encouraged by a wave of Jewish support from across the globe, we have accomplished this extraordinary first step. We will be able to stand as part of living history, read the Torah, and pray in the spirit of pluralism and equality that we believe is critical to a vibrant Judaism. Now, we look forward to the steps that will need to be taken to implement this plan.”Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), celebrated the agreement: “This effort is the result of the extraordinary commitment shown by those in Israel who wouldn’t agree to the second-class status imposed by the ultra-Orthodox religious establishment, and by all of us outside of Israel whose unconditional love for our Jewish State compels us to tirelessly advocate for a more equal, pluralistic, and Jewishly vibrant Israel.”Rabbi Gilad Kariv of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism proclaimed, “This struggle and this potential victory is just the beginning of our efforts to ensure that the Jewish state of Israel is indeed a state where all forms of Judaism are practiced freely and without state prohibition – and where those of us who represent the largest force in Jewish life in the world today, the Reform Movement, will be a powerful force inside of Israel and a more visible alternative for worship for Israeli Jews.”Signatory OrganizationsAmerican Conference of CantorsARZA – The Association of Reform Zionists of AmericaARZA CanadaCentral Conference of American RabbisHebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of ReligionNorth American Federation of Temple YouthReligious Action Center of Reform JudaismUnion for Reform JudaismWomen of Reform JudaismWomen’s Rabbinic NetworkWorld Union for Progressive JudaismWomen of the Wall Statement:Today history was made. The Israeli government has agreed to give unprecedented recognition to Reform and Conservative Judaism at one of Judaism’s holiest places, the Western Wall. For decades, Israel has given full religious authority at the Kotel to Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Judaism. That is about to change. The Reform Movement, the Conservative Movement, Women of the Wall, and the Jewish Federations negotiated a deal that was just publicly announced and approved.The decision will create a permanent and official, fully-egalitarian space at the Kotel, a space where men and women will be able to pray together without gender barriers; where women will be able to read from the Torah and wear prayer shawls; and where families will be able to celebrate bar- and bat-mitzvah ceremonies and other events together.The new, egalitarian section of the Western Wall will be officially registered in Israel’s Law of Holy Sites. Access to the new section will be from the main public plaza. Visitors to the Kotel will now be able to decide whether they want to go to the gender-segregated Orthodox section, or to the section where men and women can pray together in the spirit of Reform and Conservative Judaism.Today’s decision also designates the Kotel plaza as an official public space that is no longer under exclusive Orthodox control. This will put an end to the embarrassing spectacle of male and female soldiers and officials being segregated at government and military events, and to situations where the Kotel’s Orthodox rabbi refuses to let women light menorahs or female soldiers sing our national anthem, the Hatikvah, in public.This landmark decision gives expression to a fundamental truth: There is more than one way to be Jewish. There is more than one way to pray. There is more than one way to connect to Jewish traditions and identity.On this exciting day, as we take another step towards full equality for all Jewish movements in Israel, we recognize that our struggle for full equality in marriage, conversion, burial and other life-cycle events for Reform and Conservative Jews in Israel continues.Today’s victory would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of our own Anat Hoffman. For 27 years, Anat has been on the forefront of this issue. She has persevered through decades of protests and prayers, arrests and activism. We are inspired every day by Anat’s leadership and her tireless creativity. Anat, we are all grateful to you for your prophetic voice for equality, which has borne such sweet fruit today.Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. (Psalms 126:5) Yours,Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director
Israel Religious Action CenterRabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director
Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism
Dear friends, The end of the summer holidays will coincide this year with the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, 5776, that Beth Hillel Roma will celebrate, as well as Yom Kippur, at the Grand Hotel Gianicolo, together with Lior Bar Ami, Rabbinic intern from Abraham Geiger Kollege, Berlin, who will lead the prayer services. As you may be aware our Community has no kind of public financing and because of this we would kindly request the people taking part to the religious services to send their own contribution to the following IBAN : Beneficiary Beth Hillel:
IT93 O010 0503 2140 0000 0000 497
ROSH HASHANAH, Grand Hotel Gianicolo in Via delle Mura Gianicolensi 107.
Sunday September 13th: 18:45 Arvit. At 20:00 hrs Seder and vegetarian dinner at the restaurant of the Hotel (when booking please inform of any food intolerances). Monday September 14th: 10:00am Shachrit YOM KIPPUR, Grand Hotel Gianicolo in Via delle Mura Gianicolensi 107
TuesdaySeptember22nd: Beginning of services at 18:45, Kol Nidré. Wednesday, September23rd: 10:00 Shachrit and Mussaf. 14:00 Lectures by David Levy, Shmuel Sermoneta Gertel, Irene Kajon. 16:00 Yizkor 17:00 Minchah 19:30 Neilah and Shofar. Refreshments will follow, offered by Mac Michael Chao.
USEFUL INFORMATION: Bookings of the Seder and dinner of Rosh Hashanah will have to be sent to BethHillelRoma@Gmail.Com within September 9th, deadline within payment must be executed to the following IBAN IT93 O010 0503 2140 0000 0000 497, beneficiary Beth Hillel. (We confirm that the fifth character after the IT93, is the letter “O”, instead of a number Zero.)
The number of seats is limited. It is of pivotal importance to specify in the booking:
- name and surname of participants and in case of a family or of a group of friends to list clearly
- How many adults
- How many kids below 4 and 12 years old
Beth Hillel News 6 July 2015
As you may have immediately noticed this news edition of Beth Hillel Roma is the last before the Summer holidays and it contains a brief resume of the great variety of initiatives that took place in June 2015 and just some of the important planned events that will shortly take place.
We start with the meeting with Tina Wasserman, a famous culinary expert and writer. Her tour around Europe took her also to Rome. What a pity not being able to attend the event in the welcoming home of Daniela Gean with the preparation and sharing of refined recipes, often related to Jewish festivals, of the Italian and Roman tradition by Franca Coen, the Libyan cuisine by Daniela Gean and Hamos Guetta, the Russian tradition by Ester Livdi. Tina Wasserman took very good note of all the necessary steps in the preparation of these tasty dishes. All these recipes will be part of her next literary production; thanks to her work, all her readers, who are great lovers of the Jewish Cuisine, will be able to learn more about these Jewish specialties.
We would also like to remind you the successful Shabbaton that took place at the Agriturismo Valle di Vico, a structure totally reserved for Beth Hillel Roma, in which many families with children participated, spending a very intense and meaningful Shabbat, and not only, they could organize together the community meals, meet to informally discuss themes in program, have a swim or more, and give full autonomy to the younger generation who had the opportunity to enjoy the great spaces offered to them by the Agritursimo in Lago di Vico. Comments by adults and children have been more than positive, a sign of the importance that these moments of aggregation and socialization could offer to this still very young community
For those who love movies, the conference by Alessandro Gebbia on the special relation between Jews and Hollywood has been a very attractive activity. The conference was well prepared with very interesting insights and with the projection of rare movie clips. Among the many spectators in the fully booked premises, many were the old and new friends of Beth Hillel Roma. The latter ones, apart from appreciating and deepening their knowledge on the fundamental role of Jewish people in the history of the American movie industry, could also experiment by themselves the very welcoming and well known atmosphere of our community.
From cinema we move on to”group dancing” of the Jewish and Israeli tradition under the very attentive and professional direction of Mailina Veca, who was able to offer this class to respond to these needs of those members and friends. It was a correct move to promote such an event for Beth Hillel Roma. After a brief introduction, the dance program started and had great success not only for the music but especially for the professional guidance of the teacher. A tasty aperitif based on oranges and vegetarian light dinner, prepared by our partner Hara Holistic, closed the evening.
The excursion to Norchia at the research of the Etruscans has been postponed to a latter and milder part of the year.
Following are some of the next initiatives of our calendar, let’s look forward to these events:
Even this year Beth Hillel Roma will take part to the European Day of Jewish Culture, the theme of which in 2015 will be “BRIDGES”. A very important theme responding to the needs of this particular moment we are experiencing. The appointment will be on September the 5th at 21:00 hrs at the Casa della Memoria e della Storia, in Via San Francesco di Sales 5
The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Kippur will be celebrated at the Grand Hotel Gianicolo with Lior Bar-Ami. For Simcha Torah we will have with us once again Rabbi Joel Oseran, a great friend and sustainer of our Community.
The General Assembly of Beth Hillel Roma has been called on September 30th in Via dei Salumi 51. It will be a good occasion to review all the activities that took place and to validate its choices, to exchange views and to accept new proposals and new offers of cooperation.
APRIL 22, 2015 / 3 Iyyar 5775 Never to be Forgotten: WUPJ Remembers Israel’s Fallen on Eve of Independence Day
Immediately before celebrating Israel’s 67th Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, we remember the 23,320 soldiers and citizens who fell in defense of their country, a staggeringly heavy toll on such a small population. This heart-wrenching period is also an opportunity for us to comfort the families of the fallen.
Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The message of linking these two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence-the very existence of the state-to those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for it.
110 guests in the Sederim of Beth Hillel Rome. We are already working to have a bigger space for next year. We apologize to all those people we could not confirm..
At the presence of Danny Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Miriam Kramer, Chairwoman of the European Union for Progressive Judaism, during a conference held on March 22nd in Geneva, Beth Hillel Rome was admitted to this prestigious organization counting more than 3,000,000 Jews.