LIVES OF ISRAELIS
Strengthening KBY congregations makes progressive Judaism more accessible
to the vast majority of Israelis who yearn for an
alternative to the orthodox approach to Judaism.
THE JEWISH STATE
Contributing to KBY makes a positive statement to Israel about the value,
validity and authenticity of progressive Judaism by strengthening and
empowering the 50+ Reform and Conservative kehillot in Israel.
KEHILAT MORESHET AVRAHAM - JERUSALEM
Rabbi Barry Schlesinger
22 Adam Street
Jerusalem 93782, Israel
Kehilat Moreshet Avraham (KMA) is one of the flagship congregations of
the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel. Located in southeastern
Jerusalem near Jerusalemís magnificent Tayellet (promenade), its name,
"Abrahamís Heritage," remainds us that this was the area from which
our ancestor Abraham, first saw "from afar" the holy Mount Moriah. KMA
strives to be a truly pluralistic and inclusive community, providing
religious services and education in the spirit of Masorti/Conservative
Judaism. You can be our partner in this important endeavor.
by a handful of families in the mid-1970s in order to enhance the
quality of religious life for Conservative/Masorti Jews, KMA has grown
to be the anchor for Conservative Judaism in South Jerusalem. We have
regular services on Shabbat and holidays, educational and community
activities, social and cultural events, and an outstanding Masorti
kindergarten. Our award-winning Bayit Cham, program, offering
tutoring, a hot meal, and interaction with our own children (and
adults), began with Ethiopian children and has now been expanded to
include children from disadvantaged families.
Our Challenges and Mission
The past two years have been particularly challenging for KMA. We have
wrestled with the issue of womenís roles in our services. Rather than
choosing to view ourselves as either "Egalitarian" or "Traditional,"
KMA has chosen to identify itself as a beacon of pluralism and
inclusiveness. We believe we have created an atmosphere which conforms
to the pluralistic nature of Conservative Judaism.
Along with Israelis, we have confronted terror, bloodshed, and
economic hardship in the matsav (situation), which affects all
aspects of our lives. With your help we will make KMA an attractive
place for our children to spend their leisure time, encouraging them
to "hang out" at shul. The recent donation of a ping-pong table and a
home entertainment center has further enhanced the KMA Youth Lounge.
Because of your rapid response to our new security needs, we now have
an armed guard on duty. We need to redouble our efforts on all fronts.
„ Rav Barry was appointed to be
the Chairperson of the Steering Committee in charge of a joint
Reform-Conservative program to promote social action programs in
Israeli Masorti and Reform Synagogues.
„ Former Director of the Israeli
Mossad, Efraim Halevi is scheduled to lecture at KMA in early May,
„ The participants of the Women's
League for Conservative Judaism Leadership Mission and the 6th
Grade class from the local East Talpiot "Tali" School davened
together, Sunday morning January 30, 2005. Rav Barry led the Davening
and explained the different parts of the service in both English and
„ Yalta, the Association of Women
Rabbis and Women Rabbinical Students is planning on conducting its
regional Model Seder for Women at KMA.
„ Christian Students from the Jerusalem University College
visited the Synagogue together with their Jewish Studies instructor
KMA congregant Rabbi Moshe Silberschein. Rabbi Silberschein taught in
the Sanctuary about the Synagogue, the Jewish Liturgy, the Torah
reading and about Talit & Tfillin.
„ KMA thanks Sherrie and Al Rose of
Chicago and the Yeladim B'yachad Foundation for donating the wonderful
outdoor recreational equipment for our Ganim (Kindergarten classes.)
congregation now numbers about 110 families. Although founded by olim
from North America, KMA now includes members from numerous countries, as
well as many native Israelis who have found a spiritual home here. With
you help, Congregation Moreshet Avraham will be the cornerstone of
Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem.
„ KMA Ganim , Kindergarten Classes
held their annual "Havdala Get Together" on Motzaei Shabbat (Sat, Feb
19, 2005). All 42 children accompanied by parents, siblings and some
grandparents, attended. The children sang and danced, bidding
farewell to the Malkat HaShabbat (the Sabbath Queen) who promised to
return the following Friday night.
„ Haaretz Journalist Yair Sheleg
gave a lecture about "The Disengagement and its effect on the Settlers
and the Settler's Movement."
„ Soldiers from the Sarel (Volunteers
for Israel Program) Unit held a seminar on religious pluralism in
Kehilat Moreshet Avraham. Orthodox Rav Steve Klitzner, Reform Rabbi Levi
Weiman Kelman and Conservative Rav Barry appeared before the soldiers
and explained the principles of each religious stream
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