On March 23, Israel will have its 4th elections within a couple of years.  There are a number of new parties and leaders.  Come get an insight into who everyone is and their platforms on the eve of the elections. Join CBS member Joel Migdal as he joins us on Zoom live from Israel.

Joel S. Migdal is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was the founding chair of the University of Washington’s International Studies Program. Dr. Migdal was formerly associate professor of Government at Harvard University and senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University. Among his books are Strong Societies and Weak States; State in Society; Through the Lens of Israel; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East. He was awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Graduate Mentor Award, as well as the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award. He is past president of the Association for Israel Studies.

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Join Rabbis Avram Reisner and Nina Beth Cardin to learn about the most important mitzvah you never heard of: yishuv ha-olam, the command to sustain the world. Underlying many of the 613 commandments is the call to sustain a healthy, regenerative world. This is the imperative of yishuv ha-olam – establishing and supporting a livable world.  Yishuv ha-olam is a call from our tradition that speaks to the urgency of the moment we find ourselves in today.  We will explore texts that teach us about this mitzvah and talk about how we must live out its imperative today.

Rabbi Avram Reisner is rabbi emeritus of Chevrei Tzedek Congregation in Baltimore, MD. He has served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for over 25 years. Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is a community rabbi who works at the intersection of faith and sustainability. They are co-authors of the teshuvah on sustainability passed unanimously in December 2019 by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

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As part of HIAS Refugee Weekend 2021, join Congregation Beth Shalom for a Zoom event. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will share her work for immigrant rights – from her career before elected office to her current introduction of the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution, an effort to transform the immigration system to one that is focused on dignity and rooted in the needs and lives of impacted people. After Congresswoman Jayapal’s talk, we have the opportunity to take direct action for immigrant justice together. Cosponsors: ADL Pacific Northwest, Congregation Eitz Or, Hillel UW, Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice Northwest, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation, Kadima, Kavana Cooperative, Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life, Temple Beth Am, Temple B’nai Torah, Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

Elected in 2016, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her second term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. Congresswoman Jayapal is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, and on the House Education & Labor and Budget Committees. In Congress, Representative Jayapal has been a leader on immigration, including fighting the Trump Administration’s inhumane policies of separating children from their parents and crafting legislation to help expand legal immigration to America. Prior to serving in elected office, Congresswoman Jayapal spent twenty years working internationally and domestically in global public health and development and as an award-winning national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights. She spent 12 years as the founder and Executive Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State and one of the largest in the country.

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