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July 01, 1988 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-01

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Israel among Reform leader-
ship certainly poses a
challenge to Reform leaders.
This circumstance raises a
critical policy question: how
are the educational, spiritual
and congregational leaders of
Reform to elevate the Reform
public's investment in Israel?
Perhaps the ways in which
Reform leaders already have
answered this question are in-
structive not only for the
movement itself, but for
others seeking to heighten
the Israel involvement of a
somewhat skeptical and
sometimes indifferent larger
American Jewish public.
The educational and
political programs of the
Reform movement have been
built around a key assump-
tion. They have sought to
strengthen and identify
Reform Jews with only
selected segments of Israeli
society.
Thus, on war and peace
issues, they have aligned with
the Labor Zionist political
camp; in the religious sphere,
they have played a leadership
role in the fight for tolerance
and pluralism; and in the
cultural and intellectual
arenas, they have identified
with the more cosmopolitan
segments of Israeli society.
In other words, to those
American Jews who might
otherwise find Israel general-
ly unattractive, the Reform
movement's leadership has (if
only implicitly) devised a
ready response. It says, in ef-
fect, that one can identify
with parts of Israeli society
one finds most attractive.
This strategy offers a useful
counterpoint to the historic
efforts of the United Jewish
Appeal, Israel Bonds, and
many Jewish educators to
"sell' the complete Israel (as
in the slogan, "We Are One").
American Jews today may no
longer be ready to "buy" the
whole Israel, but they can
"buy into" one or another
part of Israel.
In short, Reform leaders
who care about Reform
Judaism, Israel, and the rela-
tions between the two need to
come to grips with the enor-
mous challenge posed by a
laity relatively unattached to
Israel and Israelis.
At the same time, they need
to consciously recognize the
virtues of their approach to
Israel involvement to this
point — one that advances
what they regard as the most
appealing features of Israeli
society, while opposing what
they view as its most
distasteful elements.
It is just such an approach
that may well serve to
enhance and broaden Israel
involvement.

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