On Friday, August 31 over 650 residents of the Sha'ar Ha-Negev Region and two local kibbutzim, Be'eri and Re'im attended a hugely successful Friday night event at HUC-JIR's King David Street campus in Jerusalem. Sha'ar Ha-Negev is the region immediately adjacent to that part of the Gaza Strip from which missiles are being fired on a daily basis, and life for the residents involves unrelenting pressure. For this reason, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism suggested holding this event as a gesture of solidarity and an expression of friendship.
HUC-JIR/Jerusalem was delighted to participate along with partners in the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and the result was a large event, greatly appreciated by all who attended. A special Kabbalat Shabbat service was prepared for the occasion, and after a festive meal, a renowned guitarist played to the large crowd on the College's Forchheimer Courtyard. Support for the evening was also provided by the Washington Hebrew Congregation.