Greetings from the Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
Dear CONNECTIONS 2017 Participants,
Welcome to the beautiful and holy city of Jerusalem.
We at IRAC are thrilled to host you in our beautiful hometown for the CONNECTIONS 2017 conference. It is a pleasure to see such a diverse and pluralistic group of participants from all over the world come together to create the beautiful tapestry of progressive Judaism.
In the next few days, we look forward to showing you the beauty and complexities of our city, as well as the complicated reality of pluralism in Israel. We especially look forward to taking you to the Kotel, to show you the ground zero of IRAC’s battle for equality and pluralism, and the recognition and acceptance of progressive Judaism in Israel. There you will see the work we are doing to create an egalitarian Kotel, and experience the opposition we see daily in our efforts to create an equal Israel.
I hope you have a transformative experience at CONNECTIONS and are witness to the struggles of creating a pluralistic Israeli society and can take home these meaningful experiences to your communities around the world.