Events

Meeting of the International Board, Washington D.C., December 16, 2011




Meeting of the International Board, Washington D.C., May 25-26, 2011




Event: Meeting of the International Board, London, UK, November 11-12, 2010




Event: Meeting of the International Board, Washington D.C., April 6-7, 2009




Event: Meeting of the International Board, Washington D.C., September 10, 2008




Event: Annual Meeting of the International Board, Washington D.C., January 28-29, 2008





Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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