I still remain hard at work on a special powerpoint presentation of my experience at
Biennial, so in the meantime I’d like you to read/and or watch Rabbi Rick Jacobs “State
of the Union” address. In it, he takes on the question as to whether we will do the
things necessary to keep our Reform movement moving and our Jewish life lively in
these troubling, chaotic times. He enumerates a number of activities that have lent
vitality to our movement, including the expanding practice of audacious hospitality.
Rabbi Jacobs also calls us to a place a vision and courage-to reinvent core functions of
synagogue life, make Reform Judaism more meaningful in everyday life, to respond
more effectively to young students, young professionals, young couples, and young
families. I am happy that our efforts at Emanuel Congregation are aligned with this
In addition, Rabbi Jacobs charges us to aspire as communities that speak and listen
with respect, welcoming a diversity of views, and that aren’t afraid to take moral stands
on matters like sexual misconduct, gun violence and anti-Semitism. And, he gave
insight to the complexities of Reform Judaism and Israel.
All in all, a very rich learning experience indeed. If you’d like to read or hear more,
please go the following link. https://urj.org/blog/2017/12/07/river-flows-eden-rabbi-rick-jacobs-address-urj-biennial After the new year, I’ll invite you for viewing parties, in
which we watch and discuss these Biennial videos. It should be very inspiring and help
us shape direction.
Hope you had a nice Shabbat, and I hope you enjoy the end-of- the-year.