Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Charley Baginsky has contributed to an important new book, titled The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism (ISBN: 9780881233056).
Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the book explores how we can approach the polarising subjects of Israel and Zionism in our modern Progressive Jewish communities.
Written from a multiplicity of views, the collection explores the many lenses through which our varied community approaches Zionism, not only set apart by political differences but also by geographical diversity, religious divisiveness, socio-economic policies, gender issues, the use and abuse of power, and more.
In total, The Fragile Dialogue offers 22 essays exploring what it means to have a Progressive religious relationship with Israel. The essays range from those introducing distinct Zionist philosophies or ideologies to others offering pragmatic solutions to today’s challenges and heartfelt personal tales.
Charley, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy of partnerships, writes alongside American Rabbi Neal Gold in a chapter entitled ‘An Intercontinental Dialogue: What North Americans and British Zionists Can Learn from Each Other’.
The book is edited by Rabbis Stanley Davids and Lawrence Englander and features contributions from many of North America’s leading Jewish thinkers, teachers and rabbis. Charley has the honour of being the only British writer.
Contributor Rabbi Josh Weinberg, president of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), said: “The Fragile Dialogue is a must read book for all those thinking, discussing and debating Israel. Bridging generational and ideological gaps this compilation of essays and thought pieces offers many important perspectives that are both challenging and inspiring.”
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