Thursday, February 05, 2009

Israel's elections

Dear Members,

Israel's elections are next Tuesday and there's a few local events going on but make sure you have in your diary Pro-Zion's elections/AGM on the afternoon of 29th March. We're just confirming a really exciting speaker coming over from Israel who has been very involved in the Progressive movement's help to Sderot and the South of Israel - more next week.

Can you help Pro-Zion?: We're gradually restructuring the way Pro-Zion gets things done and are looking for people to be involved in 3 areas, Membership (helping increase our membership), Communications (PR and communicating with members and shuls) and Events (organising events). If you think you can help in any way with these areas, maybe by giving a small regular amount of time each week or month we would be glad to hear from you.

Israeli Election Event: The ZF are holding their election event on Tuesday night, 7pm at Hampstead Town Hall. They have some great panellists and commentators both in person and via video link up from Israel. Further details here

Anti-Semitism in South America and Venezuela: We've been inundated with e-mails from our South American Progressive Communities and Arzenu members. The recent synagogue attack in Venezuela has not been a surprise but nevertheless a massive blow to all of South American Jewry. They have called and requested action from Jews around the world to support them in. Our partners across the world including the UK are planning a fast response and we will keep you updated in our next e-mail.

This week's articles.
1. Mevasseret Zion receives a scroll - The emotional story of the new torah scroll at the Progressive congregation at Mevasseret Zion in the suburbs of Jerusalem. The scroll was dedicated to the memory of a fallen soldier from the congregation, Uri Grossman, son of Author David Grossman.
2. Adoption does not constitute conversion - a discussion on the Law of Return and adoption. It's easy to forget that these seemingly small issues affect real lives.
3. Social issues left out of election campaign - experts note that social issues in Israel are playing a small part in the elections.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom
Daniel, Charlie and all at Pro-Zion