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I’m Religious & I’m a Zionist…Does that Make Me a Religious Zionist?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In this turbulent time for those who love and wrestle with Israel, the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) explored these not-so-simple questions:

Is Zionism still a mitzvah? How does Israel impact our religious identity—and how does our Judaism shape our relationship to Israel? What does claiming the label of “Reform/Conservative Religious Zionism” mean for you and your congregation? 

These questions were investigated during a webinar on August 16, 2017, with Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions, President's Scholar, and Director of the Office of Community Engagement at HUC-JIR, and Yossi Klein Halevi, award winning author, Senior Fellow & Co-Director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu