Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox and Us

Sunday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.

What Today’s American Jews Need to Know
After his talk, visit with Rabbi Leigh Lerner at an open house in Johnson Social Hall.  Bagels and shmear will be served.

Join Rabbi Leigh Lerner for his illustrated introduction to Israeli ultra-Orthodoxy. How did the ultra-Orthodoxy arise as a power in Israel? What are its goals? Who leads its groups? Why is ultra-Orthodoxy a threat to the Israel we know and love? In explaining ultra-Orthodoxy to our congregation, Rabbi Lerner will also share why he wrote The Mossad Messiah and briefly give us insight into his novel. Rabbi Lerner made extensive research into Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community and what their growing presence means for Israel and for all Jews. In addition, he spent his 2012 sabbatical in Jerusalem helping our Israel Religious Action Center’s program of “Freedom Rides,” to integrate Jerusalem buses, assuring women’s right to sit in the front of the bus.

Rabbi Lerner is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple ­Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal. From the early ’70s to the late ’80s he was Mount Zion’s Senior Rabbi. Currently he is also visiting rabbi at Shir Hadash Firenze and teacher of conversion classes at Beth Hillel Roma.

Rabbi Lerner will also speak following Shabbat Services on Friday, November 17, on The Jews of Italy, A Guided Tour.

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