International Day Of Peace
To mark the International Day of Peace this year, Masorti and MERCAZ Olami created an interfaith Prayer for Peace video with religious leaders in the Holy Land, which was viewed by over 2,000 individuals from around the world. Representatives from Christianity, Islam and Judaism came together to send messages of peace and unity from their individual faiths showing that we have far more in common than that which divides us. Through this video, we hope to have shown that religion can be used to bring peace in the face of conflict and struggles.
The Masorti Olami Shmita Project
In October, Masorti and MERCAZ Olami launched the Masorti Olami Shmita Project website, a hub for Masorti/Conservative resources for the Shmita year. This project includes monthly lectures from guest speakers such as Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization on the topic of ‘Shmita and Zionism’ as he guided us through Shmita in the early days of the modern State of Israel; Rabbi David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. on the topic of Halachot related to Shmita and how it can be implemented in the land of Israel; Talia Schneider, author, lecturer and founder of Permaculture Israel on the topic of permaculture and its similarities to Shmita, and many more!
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Rabbi Reuven Hammer Institute for Masorti Jewish Learning
In August, Masorti Olami launched the Rabbi Reuven Hammer Institute for Masorti Jewish Learning, in memory of Rabbi Reuven Hammer z”l. The Institute will support Masorti/Conservative conversions across the world, starting in Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The online launch event was attended by over two hundred people and we were honored to hear from the Hammer family on the life and legacy of Rabbi Hammer z”l. We also heard from Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Executive Director of Masorti and MERCAZ Olami on the background of Masorti Olami and conversions around the world, and from Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem on the story of conversion throughout Jewish history. The event was moderated and led by Rabbi Chaim Weiner, Director and Av Beit Din of Masorti Europe, together with Tehila Reuben, Deputy Director of Masorti and MERCAZ Olami.