Why is it Such a Big Event that Peter Beinart will be at Kehilla this Sunday besides that it’s important and free?

by Rabbi David J. Cooper It was like when Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Vietnam, at least it was for me. Four years ago, Peter Beinart, a well-respected center-right commentator wrote his now famous article, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” and declared that the leadership of American Zionist institutions was […]

Who’s in? Who’s out? What’s a Jew? Why I Need to See “Between Two Worlds” AGAIN

By Rabbi David J. Cooper [NOTE:  “Between Two Worlds” will be shown at Kehilla on Saturday, January 25, 7pm.] Again? Yes I’ve seen it before and am looking forward to a refresher viewing surrounded by my synagogue community.  Why? The arguments about how Jews should respond to the political realities in Israel/Palestine are ripping the […]

Why we need to see “The Gatekeepers” this Saturday night

By Rabbi David  Last night, I saw Rabbi Arik Asherman, the Israeli-American head of Rabbis for Human Rights, speak at an event jointly sponsored by Kehilla, Temple Beth El and TempleSinai. Rabbi Arik is known for leading RHR’s work in defense of the disenfranchised in Israel and in the occupied territory. He spoke modestly and […]

A Message from Rabbi David

  Why we need to hear Yehuda Shaul & Breaking the Silence on Saturday, November 23, 7:00pm   On the evening of the 23rd, I am going to be at Kehilla to listen to Commander Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli Defense Forces, to expose myself to what the Israeli occupation means as experienced by an […]

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th

Some Thoughts on Israel’s 65th by Rabbi David J. Cooper I wanted to share with you some of my thinking as we enter the month that marks the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel. That moment in 1948 was experienced as a tragedy in the lives of the Palestinian Arabs many of whom were […]

After the UN Vote: Peace & Punishment

  In today’s (Dec 7, 2012) issue of the J Weekly, my guest editorial was printed. I titled it “Peace & Punishment,” but it appears in the website and paper as “Being a Friend to the Jewish state means criticizing wrong-headed actions,” which is not inaccurate.  To read the editorial, go to: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/67205/being-a-friend-to-the-jewish-state/  – Rabbi […]

Regarding the Violence in Israel & Gaza

November 16, 2012  Dear Kehilla folks,  Just a note to share with you my thoughts in this moment of the hostilities in Israel and Gaza.  I find myself immensely sad for several reasons. I am distressed because the idea of killing, especially civilian non-combatants and children whether Israeli or Palestinian, is abhorrent to me, whether […]