New from T’ruah
This June, we will mark fifty years since Israel won the Six Day War. This occasion calls both for celebration of Jewish access to our holiest sites, and for reflection on the ensuing fifty years of military occupation.
The biblical fiftieth year of Yovel - Jubilee in English - is described as a time when slaves were set free, debts were forgiven, and land reverted to its original owners. In eight text studies, you will learn generations of perspectives on what it means to mark fifty years, framed by Yovel (Jubilee) values. These texts move us beyond the political to encourage and deepen discussions about fifty years of Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, focusing on issues of holiness, liberation, security, and return.
Those who order the book will also get access this winter to eight short videos of prominent rabbis teaching sections of the text. Purchasing the Yovel book also gives you the rights to use these videos for teaching in synagogues, schools, and other institutions.
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Go and See the West Bank with T'ruah and Breaking the Silence
Is your congregation, college group, or community planning a trip to Israel? Spend one of your days getting a close up view of the current situation in the West Bank, learning from both Palestinians and from Israeli IDF veterans who have served there.
In our complex conversations about Israel inside of and outside of the Jewish community, it is crucial to bring a range of perspectives and experiences that can help us understand the situation and to find ways to move toward peace, justice, and safety for both Palestinians and Israelis.