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    Staying at the Table During Challenging Times

    Dear Sisters, We, the leadership of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, acknowledge that this is a very difficult time for so many of us. As our newsfeeds fill with disturbing and frightening stories of fear, death, violence, and destruction in Israel and Palestine, it can be natural to retreat to our own corners, and feel …

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    Hanging In When We Would Rather Shut Down

    Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi.  She serves as a spiritual director, peace and justice educator, and teacher of Mussar (a classical Jewish system of spiritual development). When I first began my journey of learning to listen to Palestinians and to their perspectives on Israel and Palestine, one thing that I …

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    Glossary

    A

    Am Yisrael

    “People of Israel” - ancient term - at least 2000 years old - unrelated to the contemporary State of Israel

    Aliyah

    Literally - “ascent.” Used to refer to a Jew immigrating to Israel from elsewhere in the world, because this is considered a spiritual ascent.

    E

    Eretz Yisrael

    “Land of Israel” - biblical term

    H

    Haram al-Sharif

    "noble sanctuary" refers to the entire area in Jerusalem that surrounds the rock where the al-Aqsa Mosque is located.

    I

    Intifada

    the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, beginning in 1987; second intifada began in 2000

    K

    Kibbutz

    Cooperative agricultural community in Israel

    M

    Medinat Yisrael

    State of Israel

    N

    Nakba

    Catastrophe; it signals a mass eviction from the 1940s that created Palestinian refugees

    S

    Sabra

    Literally - “cactus fruit,” often used to refer to a Jew born in Israel

    Y

    Yerushalayim

    Jerusalem

    Yom Ha’atz’ma’ut

    Israeli Independence Day

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