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Having just spent face to face time with the leadership of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) in Jerusalem as partners with ARZENU (the world Reform Zionist movement) at the World Zionist Congress, I wanted to forward this message from Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the Executive Director of the Israeli Reform movement, in memory of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

It has become so very clear that PM Rabin’s assassination was a destructive turning point in the quest for peace with the Palestinians, and though hopes for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are now low in the near-term, we cannot stop advocating for a two-state solution. Rabin’s memory will forever be tied with hopes for mutual recognition and peace.

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Dear John,

The IMPJ remembers and mourns the assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin, 20 years ago. Upon recognizing 20 years to the assignation, MARAM – the Reform Rabbinic Council in Israel put out a public statement. following is an excerpt from it:

Our hearts bleed as we recall the fact that this heinous murder was supposedly committed in the name of the Torah. We condemn any attempt to hinder the democratic fabric in Israel in the name of our Jewish tradition… only in a truly democratic society which respects and defends human rights, will our timeless Jewish values be fulfilled; only the fortification and reinforcement of Israeli democracy will ensure the future of the Jewish people and all Israeli citizens, in their sovereign homeland.

May his memory be a blessing.


Rabbi Gilad Kariv
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Executive Director