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MERCAZ USA Newsletter — Fall 2014

Around The Conservative/Masorti World

Yeshar Koach to Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Rector of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, the Masorti educational center in Buenos Aires, who accompanied Pope Francis I, a fellow Argentine, on the latter’s recent visit to Israel. Rabbi Skorka’s trip comes at the conclusion of a year of celebration at the Seminario in honor of the 50th anniversary of its founding. For more information, go to www.seminariorabinico.org.ar.

Mazal tov to Prof. David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, who was chosen by the Jerusalem Post as one of the world’s “50 Most Influential Jews of 2014.” Golinkin shares this distinction with such notables as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, President Shimon Peres and former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Go to www.jpost.com to see the entire list.

Congratulations to NOAM, the Masorti Movement’s youth organization which has been finally recognized as an official “youth movement” by the Israeli Ministry of Education. The official recognition, which had been sought for years, came only after NOAM had reached a minimum of 2,500 “hanichim”/youth members and had proved to the ministry’s satisfaction that it was growing in participation, training counselors and developing branches throughout the country. Official recognition now entitles NOAM to receive funding from the Education Ministry alongside veteran youth organizations like HaTzofim/Scouts and Bnei Akiva. The recognition is also important as a first step in the fight for recognition for Masorti congregations, rabbis, marriages and conversions. For more information about how to help support NOAM, go to www.masorti.org.

We pray for Ukraine: MERCAZ joins with the other arms of the Conservative/Masorti Movement in praising a return to calm for Masorti communities in Kiev and elsewhere in western Ukraine. At the same time, we pray that there is a similar return to normalcy for those communities in the southern and eastern parts of the country where the Ukrainian army has been battling pro-Russian separatists. Masorti programs in Ukraine can be found in both areas, including Congregation “Kehilat Masoret” in Kiev, the Sha’alavim Jewish Day School in Kharkov, Masorti community centers in Chernowitz and Berdichev, a young adult program in Odessa, nine Sunday schools and Camp Ramah-Yachad, a summer camp for teenagers, families, teachers and youth leaders. These programs are supported organizationally and financially by Masorti Olami and the Schechter Institute’s Midreshet Yerushalayim. For more information, go to www.masortiworld.org or www.schechter.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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