Israeli Progressive Judaism: Building Ties With U.S. Jews

November 7, 2019 Newton Free
Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren (Courtesy photo)
Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren (Courtesy photo)

Progressive Judaism in Israel: What is it, who are we and how do we build a strong relationship with American Jews? Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren, rabbi of Kamatz in Mevasseret Zion, Israel, will offer her perspectives.

Rabbi Nir-Keren was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jerusalem as a Reform rabbi in 2016. As a sabra who understands and comes from the worldview of secular Israeli society, she adds a new voice and dimension to the Reform Jewish community. She joined the community of Kehilat Mevasseret Zion in 2017. Having completed a master’s from Hebrew University in conflict resolution, Rabbi Nir-Keren has worked in the field of informal Jewish education for over 20 years both in Israel and abroad. She was introduced to the rich American Jewish community life during her work as a young emissary to the federation in New Jersey, and nine years later again as an emissary to the URJ. Today, she resides in Mevasseret Zion, where she is the rabbi of Kamatz, the Mevasseret Zion Congregation, a 160-member congregation of people coming together in the spirit that is rooted in Jewish traditions, heritage and values as an inseparable part of contemporary Jewish-Israeli identity.

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