Israel 69 Independence Day.

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Interfaith Hunger Seder 2017

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Michael Bloom named executive director of JFACT

Michael Bloom named executive director of JFACT
By Stacey Dresner from the Jewish Ledger posted on March 15, 2017

HARTFORD – On Monday, March 13, Michael Bloom wrapped things up at his office at the State Capitol in Hartford, where he has served as a policy and outreach associate for the Senate Democratic Caucus for the past year.

On Wednesday, he began settling into his new office less than two miles away on Woodland Street, where he will serve as executive director of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, or JFACT.  Continue reading

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Joint statement on Executive Order barring many refugees and immigrants

  • January 31, 2017
    We, the undersigned Jewish Federations throughout the State of Connecticut, along
    with JFACT (Jewish Federations Association of Connecticut) and the Anti-Defamation
    League of Connecticut, oppose President Trump’s Executive Order barring many
    refugees and immigrants from entering the United States.
    President Trump’s Executive Order, issued on Friday, January 27, 2017, bans any
    refugees from entering the United States for 120 days; suspends indefinitely any Syrian
    refugee resettlement; and bans nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen for any reason for 90 days.
    Judaism instructs, repeatedly and unambiguously, that we are forbidden from
    oppressing the stranger. The Bible states no less than 36 separate times that we are
    obligated to care for the stranger in our society. Leviticus 19:34, as one example,
    teaches: “The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your citizens; you shall
    love each one as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Both Jewish
    values and Jewish historical experience as immigrants and refugees mandate that we
    repudiate policies that demonize, ostracize, and leave stranded refugees and other
    vulnerable immigrants. We remember all too well the story of the St. Louis—of Jewish
    refugees fleeing Europe by ship on the eve of the Holocaust who were denied entry into
    the U.S. and sent back, many to their deaths. We cannot and will not stand idly by as
    today’s victims of war and terror are left helpless and isolated. Nor can we support
    policies that single out those who practice a certain religion—in this case Islam—for
    disproportionate treatment.   Continue reading
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In last week’s parasha, Vayechi Yaakov (And Jacob lived..) we learn about the death of Jacob, and his dying wish to be buried in the land of his foremothers and fathers.
For centuries Jews lived and died in Eastern Europe, where most of us get our Jewish backgrounds. In the wake of the holocaust the final resting places of those fortunate enough to be buried have taken on a new symbolic importance.
Unfortunately, the city of Vilna, once the most important city in Jewish Europe, is preparing to build a convention center on top of the historic Jewish cemetery.
For centuries, the city of Vilna (today Vilnius) was the center of Jewish life in what was then known as Polish-Lithuania. By the turn of the 20th century, the Lithuanian capital boasted over 100 synagogues, an array of Jewish newspapers, and scores of other cultural and religious institutions. It played host to the famed Gaon of Vilna, one of Judaism’s spiritual giants….One remaining vestige of the city’s illustrious past, however, is its old Jewish cemetery, in which “a galaxy of eminent European rabbinic scholars and authors” were buried, as one leading scholar put it. Yet compounding tragedy upon tragedy, the Lithuanian government, reportedly with European Union funding, is preparing to build a $25 million convention center on the site.
 
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