The South African Union for Progressive Judaism aligns with our extended family in the House of Israel in mourning the tragic loss of the three kidnapped and murdered students,Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach.
We join our World Union for Progressive Judaism in expressing our grief, anger, sorrow and hopelessness that has converged in our hearts and souls.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism joins all of Israel and those who seek peace within her borders and with her neighbours, in offering prayers of comfort to the grieving families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal.
“How filled with anger we are at the realization that these tragic deaths came at the hands of those who would do anything to impede the forces of peace. The murderers’ hands are bloodied, not just with the blood of these innocent young men, but with the shattered hopes of those in Israel and the Palestinian community who wish only for peace to reign throughout the land.”
We vow to continue to support the efforts of all those who are working for peace.
Rabbi Greg Alexander Alvin Kushner
SA Association of Progressive Rabbis. SA Union for Progressive Judaism
The SAUPJ(South African Union for Progressive Judaism) biennial conference, which took place at Cape Town’s Temple Israel from June 6-8, 2014, heralded a new era for the community. The gathering marked the end of Steve Lurie’s 10-year tenure as SAUPJ Chair. In his place, the Conference selected Alvin Kushner as SAUPJ’s new Chair. Kushner is a member of Temple Israel and has served in numerous positions, both in the Temple and on the SAUPJ national board.
The WUPJ’s Vice President for International Development Rabbi Joel Oseran noted, “The SAUPJ and the WUPJ have been blessed to have had the caliber of leadership provided by Steve Lurie during his long and distinguished service to Progressive Judaism nationally and internationally. We owe him and Rahle, who has been at his side always, our profound gratitude.”
The Conference program was chock full of sessions aimed at developing Jewish education and strengthening Jewish commitment so as to support democracy, freedom, tolerance and compassion.
The ‘Biblical References to the Importance of Unity in Diversity’ was a Conference highlight, as was the ‘What do we Want from the Future SAUPJ in an Ideal World’ round table group and plenary session.
Rabbi Oseran led sessions on Israel and World Jewry while Director of JHub and former head of the Reform Movement in the UK Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand served as scholar in residence for the Conference and gave sessions on leadership and group dynamics.
World Union for Progessive Judaism – Jerusalem
Read Shofar magazine in PDF
The annual SAUPJ magazine for the Gauteng congregations, Shofar, is available online. It includes a report from the SAUPJ’s Steve Lurie. To reduce download times, the PDF file has been scaled down to a text-only format.
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