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The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism Celebrate their 20th Anniversary

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

After 20 Years of Activity, The Daniel Centers Receive Financial Support for Education Work From Israel’s Ministry of Education

The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv-Jaffa are proud to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.  In 1991, Beit Daniel, the first ever Reform synagogue, opened its doors with HUC-JIR/Jerusalem graduate Rabbi Meir Azari ('92).  In honor of this occasion and to celebrate the 95th birthday of Gerry Daniel, the founder of Beit Daniel, the Daniel Centers are hosting a reception on July 1, 2011.  Joining the celebration at Beit Daniel will be leading figures in Israeli society, congregation members, and overseas supporters.

“I’m so proud of the Daniel Centers’ achievements in the past 20 years,” said Mr. Daniel.  “They have grown from a small Reform temple that had no government support and, in some cases, active opposition, to a major force in Israeli society.”  This year, the Daniel Centers reached a critical milestone.  Their Judaic education work in Tel Aviv’s elementary schools has been recognized by Israel’s Ministry of Education in the most concrete and tangible way, with a $30,000 renewable grant. Joining the Daniel Centers in receiving a first ever government grant to a Reform organization involved in Judaic education is the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.

About the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism: The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism include three Reform congregations in Tel Aviv—Beit Daniel, Mishkenot Ruth Daniel in Jaffa, and Tfilat Halev.  Today, under Rabbi Azari’s continued leadership and with a dedicated board, staff and volunteers, they manage 17 preschools and kindergartens, and provide Jewish identity curriculum to scores of municipal schools.  Activities include a growing program of service and learning for Diaspora visitors, Bar and Bat Mitzvot, weddings, and conversions.  In addition, the Daniel Centers run two impressive physical facilities—Beit Daniel synagogue in northern Tel Aviv and Mishkenot Ruth Daniel (MRD) guest house and community center in Jaffa. The Daniel Centers reach tens of thousands of people each year. Please contact Edit Reizes ( to learn more or visit

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