Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism, addressed the entering Year-In-Israel rabbinical, cantorial, and education students and students from the Cantorial Certification Program on Sunday, July 27, 2014, during his three-day mission to Israel.
Rabbi Jacobs came to Israel, in part, to support participants on NFTY summer programs and Birthright trips, and he shared his experiences with them. He described his Shabbat with Israeli rabbinical students and Progressive congregations who are leading Tefillah for soldiers near the front and for Israelis from the southern towns under attack.
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, stated, "In his inspiring talk, Rabbi Jacobs gave our students, who remain calm and focused in their studies, a renewed sense of their purpose here and a shared vision for the future of Reform Judaism."
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