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The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) will officially dedicate its new home on Hebrew Union College’s (HUC) Jerusalem campus on Wednesday, June 30th at 5 P.M. This Hanukat Bayit – housewarming party – will begin with a reception and mezuzah hanging, followed by keynote speaker, Israeli author Amos Oz.
The Israel Religious Action Center, the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. Through the generosity of Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin, IRAC moved to HUC’s Jerusalem campus in January of 2010. This move has already succeeded in improving communication, efficiency, and fostering a sense of community within the Israeli Reform Movement.
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-Jerusalem campus, speaks for President David Ellenson and the entire HUC-Jerusalem community in welcoming IRAC to the place where it belongs—“at the heart of our Jerusalem campus, to promote the noble values of our Reform Movement—social justice, tikkun olam, and human rights advocacy.” She explains that “students from North America and Israel will benefit from IRAC’s presence as we all work together to shape a future that is both Jewish and democratic.”
With IRAC now located at HUC, Rabbi Kelman, along with Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of IRAC, are glad that “all arms of the Reform Movement in Israel, including the headquarters of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, Netzer Olami, and of course HUC and IRAC, are now on one campus, to mutually nourish, inspire, and energize one another in our collective efforts. Our American counterparts dream of creating one center to house the whole Reform movement, and here in the center of Jerusalem we have done that.”
For Anat Hoffman, the more than 100 windows in the new offices bring to mind the expression, “L’olam yitpalel adam b’bayit she’yesh bo chalonot” -- a person should always pray in a house that has windows. Now under one Jerusalem roof, Progressive Judaism in Israel, through IRAC, is looking out its many windows with an eye toward creating a more just, tolerant, and pluralistic world.
If you are in Israel, please join us in celebration on Wednesday, June 30th at 5 P.M at 13 King David Street. Please contact IRAC Director of Development and Communication, Rachel Canar, at Rachel@irac.org with any questions, or call 972-54-779-1121.