Last week, the Jewish community celebrated the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel. In this short period of time, Israel has become a global center for technology, industry, medicine, agriculture and science. It is also the only democracy and one of the only dependable allies of the US in the
entire Middle East. Yet, despite its centrality to global economics; despite its strategic importance for the United States; despite its spiritual and historical centrality to the Jewish people throughout history – a major sense of apathy is growing within the Jewish community.
This Friday night, HCRJ will join 15 congregations throughout the City of Houston in A Shabbat of Unity. Each congregation will honor Israel and its 68 years in its own special way. Through this observance we hope to elevate and celebrate our unified and unwavering bond with the people and the land of Israel.
At HCRJ, the sermon will address some of challenges to maintaining the sacred balance of being a democracy and a Jewish State at the same time. Our worship services will also include special music and meditations. An Israeli oneg will follow.