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What About Israel?
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 19:00

I find it strange that there is no mention of Israel and support of the Masorti/Conservative movement in Chancellor Eisen’s article (“Let’s Drink A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism,” Opinion, Nov. 29).

Any leader of a Jewish institution that does not actively link itself with its Israeli movements is making a statement. It has been demonstrated that links with Israel contribute to cross-fertilization and an active Jewish identity. Surely the chancellor, who spent many of his formative years in Israel, knows this. Is his non-mention an “oversight” or does this signal a new policy whereby JTS plans to pull out of its support of the Masorti movement in Israel? That would be a tragic mistake.

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