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Rabbi Irwin Kula serves as scholar in Residence at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation in Mercer Island, WA on March 27 and 28th. The congregation’s theme for the weekend is “Re-Imagining American Jewish Life,” and topics include “What is Shabbat’s Job?” and “Beyond the Tribe: Judaism as a Path of Human Flourishing.”
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From Clal 03/26/15
"My teacher, Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL, asked a group of Rabbis Without Borders fellows recently: Do people see us as necessary – conduits, guides, connectors for them in their Jewish life? Do people come to rabbis and ask deep questions they are struggling with? Do they seek us in times of need and celebration?
Irwin Kula will be appearing as a panelist in the “Women and Social Innovation: Disrupting Global Entrepreneurship” discussion at the Power of Collaboration Global Summit at the United Nations on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Mazal Tov to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows Elyssa Auster, Shefa Gold, Amy Wallk Katz, Michael Knopf, Carnie Rose, and Kaya Stern Kaufman who have been selected to appear in The Forward's Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2015!
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From an article by Anne Cohen and Maia Efrem from The Forward
"...How many readers would be surprised to know that proud, passionately evangelical Cruz talks about faith in ways that make him sound not unlike many millennials (and others) who make up America's fastest growing demographic on the religious landscape, the "nones"? He does: As Cruz remarked on the Christian Broadcasting Network: "At the end of the day, faith is not organized religion; it's not going to a church. It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior." ..."
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, a life counts for a million or more. Last week I attended a memorial service for Reverend John Steinbruck who died on March 1st at the age of 85...It is breathtaking to realize the power of one person’s ministry to change the life of so many—from homeless people who got a new lease on life because they were nurtured by the institutions created by John Steinbruck to middle-class people of faith who came to realize that religion can and should be about much more than worship and ritual..."
"Trans-denominationalism and post-de-nominationalism are great words. They sound big and important. “We are entering a new post-denominational age,” the Jewish pundits declare. Often this declaration is meant to scare people. We are entering uncharted water; the great Jewish institutions of the 20th Century are crumbling. We don’t know where we are headed. Ahh! Watch out! Okay, reality check: we have been here before. We are masters at navigating change.
"...Our focus day-to-day is on ourselves. Which means that we are capable of deeply caring about something larger, say God, America, Israel, without feeling obligated to pay a commiserate balance of attention, even to these vital, greater-than-self ideals and values..."
"...Islam still needs to go through such a reformation. By not saying this (in his attempt to provide context), the President came off as aloof about the real threats of this present-day, cancerous form of Islam.When we focus on the brutality of ISIS and call it evil, crazy or power-mad, we miss the point.
"Politics aside, the brouhaha around The [March 3, 2015] Speech forced us to ask a number of vital questions — about what we are willing to sacrifice to prevent a nuclear Iran, about the United States’ responsibility to protect a historic ally, about our sense of security as Jews...My old friend, Rabbi Irwin Kula, thanks the prime minister for ‘shocking the American and American-Jewish political system and catalyzing an important, potentially life-or-death conversation.’..."