Published Winter, 1998 in REFORM JUDAISM, the official
publication of the
Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
reaching 300,000 member households.
When Jews and Palestinians Share Shabbat
A Shabbat service attended by both Jews and Palestinians
at Congregation Bet Haverim, Davis, CA last May became "a
transformative experience," says Rabbi Greg Wolfe.
Nearly 100 people, including congregants and members of
the general community, attended the event, which began with a
meal of Middle Eastern foods and ended with prayers for peace
offered in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Three Jews and three Palestinians, all members of the
Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, a San Mateo-
based organization formed by Len and Libby Traubman, spoke to
the crowd about security, justice, and what needs to change
in order for Jews and Palestinians to live as neighbors.
"When you got beyond which group hurt the other group
more, what came out of the discussion was a feeling of
mutuality," Rabbi Wolfe says. "The stories about seeking a
homeland were really the same."
After meeting face to face with Palestinians, some
congregants admitted they were "rethinking how we learn and
understand Jewish history, as well as the whole mythos about
how the State of Israel came to be," Wolfe notes.
"We definitely want to do more of this type of
programming, and hope other congregations are inspired to do
For information on how your temple can create this kind
of program, please contact Rabbi Greg Wolfe at Congregation
Bet Haverim, 1821 Oak Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616, (916) 758-
0842, e-mail RGAWOLFE@aol.com.
Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group
1448 Cedarwood Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
Voice: (650) 574-8303 • Fax:(650) 573-1217
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