2008-10-31 / Community

Rabbi Forman To Address West End Temple

Rabbi David Forman will examine the impact of both the American and Israeli elections upon the future of the Jewish State at West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue, on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the community.

The US election will be over by the time Rabbi Forman speaks at West End Temple. At this moment, it is unclear as to whether elections will be held in Israel. The Rabbi will share his insights as the political narrative unfolds. He will focus on the government of Israel, under the presumed leadership of Tzipi Livni; and the response of the newly elected president of the United States to the cauldron like reality of the Middle East. He will also focus his remarks on the role Messianism plays in the Middle East.

Rabbi Forman moved from Israel thirty-five years ago. He has served as director of the Israel office in Jerusalem of the Union for Reform Judaism and has been instrumental in building programs that bridge the Israel-Diaspora divide. He is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion where he was ordained rabbi. He served as a deputy commander in the Israeli artillery corps, receiving a medal for distinguished service. Rabbi Forman is a regular writer for the Israeli Hebrew and English press on social, political and religious issues, he has lectured internationally on human rights and social justice. He has authored Over My Dead Body-Some Grave Questions for God (2005); Fifty Ways to be Jewish (2002); Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel (2000); and Israel-On Broadway; Diaspora, Off-Broadway: Jews in the New Millennium (1998).

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