Newsletters

Spring 2014

Previous story | Trips

MERCAZ USA Newsletter — Spring 2014

Around The Conservative/Masorti World

WLCJ PARTNERS IN NEW ISRAELI BNOT MITZVAH PROMOTION

Women's League for Conservative Judaism has joined with the Masorti Movement in Israel in a new initiative to encourage more Israeli girls to celebrate their becoming bnot mitzvah. The pilot program, designed for mothers and daughters, aims to introduce synagogue rituals and customs, such as tallit and aliyot, that most Israelis commonly associate only with men. For more information, go to www.wlcj.org.

RAMAH'S "TRY" PROGRAM TO RUN SPRING AND FALL

Starting in 2014, high school students interested in spending a semester in Israel under the auspices of the Conservative Movement will have the opportunity to live and learn in Israel both in the spring and the fall. For the first time, TRY, the Ramah high school in Israel, will be running two semester programs a year, instead of just one course in the spring.

Fall semester students will enjoy experiencing the special Israeli flavor of the fall holidays, from Rosh Hashanah through Hanukkah, in addition to studying the regular Israel Core Course for which TRY is noted. Moreover, students in both semester programs will participate in a weeklong trip to Poland as an integral part of their Israel studies. For more information, go to www.ramah.co.il.

NEW MASORTI RABBINICAL PROGRAM IN GERMANY

This past fall, an important milestone occurred in the renaissance of German Jewry, the fastest growing Jewish community in the world, with the opening within the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam of the Zacharias Frankel College, a new European Conservative/Masorti rabbinical program named in honor of the 19th century founder of "Positive Historical" (later Conservative) Judaism.

The new rabbinical track, founded in partnership between the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and the Abraham Geiger College, the Liberal Jewish school based at the University of Potsdam which offers graduate and rabbinical degrees, will enable Geiger students the option of gaining Conservative ordination and becoming members of the Rabbinical Assembly.

As Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School, said: "The Zacharias Frankel College is dedicated to training a new cadre of Masorti/Conservative rabbis in Europe who are deeply versed in Jewish texts, committed to a life of mitzvoth and the love of the Jewish tradition, and who are capable of transmitting the beauty and wisdom of Judaism to others." For more information, go to www.zacharias-frankel-college.de.

 

 

 

 

 

 

top of page | Sitemap


Mission | Programs | Officers | Membership | Our Masorti Affiliates/Life in Israel | MERCAZ USA Newsletter | Israel Trips | Eletters | Links | FAQ's | Home

MERCAZ USA
520 Eighth Avenue, 4th floor  |  New York, NY 10018
tel 212.533.2061
info@mercazusa.org | www.mercazusa.org

© Mercaz USA. All rights reserved.