by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich
This week at Temple Beth El University we begin a three week series about the current situation in Israel and what we can do about it.
Here are all the details: link to full TBEU description.
If you haven't registered already, come by on Wednesday evenings, November 5, 12, and 19, and you can still attend.
Our purpose in bringing this conversation about Israel to TBE is to shift our focus on the debate between competing ideas of nations, and instead move towards a dialogue between peoples. In speaking with Israelis and Palestinians, most of whom seem to have opinions in the middle of the spectrum, there seems to be an overwhelming desire for real co-existence.
I believe that peaceful co-existence may be achievable, perhaps even necessary, before a formalized peace is finalized. People may need to see the fruits of working together - in terms of concrete improvements to the lives of Israelis and Palestinians - before the leaders of either people may feel forced to make the necessary compromises for peace between nations.
So, in addition to having conversations about this idea in November, I am also running our local Charlotte Marathon, Thunder Road, on November 15, in support of the Peres Center for Peace, which promotes projects of collaboration and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Please take a moment to spread the word about this effort to complete my 6th marathon, and also raise resources and awareness for peace between Palestinians and Israelis: click here to support the Rabbi Run for Peace.
Here is a fun and inspiring video from the Peres Center.