Director of JPW (Jewish Pluralism Watch- AL MISHMAR HAKNESSET).
Saturday, July 1, Services begin at 9:15 am
Shira will discuss: The Old State and Religion Challenge: What’s New?
JPW is the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s non-partisan institute which monitors, interprets and publicizes the positions, statements, and voting records of Knesset Members and other elected officials on all issues of democracy, religion and the state.
Shira was the director of iRep, JFNA’s Israel Religious Expression Platform. Serving to impact a range of issues related to increasing religious diversity in Israel with the initial goal is to promote and help advance meaningful change to the status quo that will serve to facilitate a range of legally-recognized options for marriage in Israel.
Shira worked at the Knesset research and information center. Shira holds BA and MA degrees in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University.
She Lives in Jerusalem with Yair and their three children.
Join us for our congregation’s warm, intimate Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachel Ain and Cantor Dov Keren, followed by Kiddush: Fridays at 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 9:15 am.
Our Shabbat services, both Friday night and Saturday morning, are egalitarian services. Musical instruments are used once a month on Friday nights. We use the Siddur Sim Shalom and the Etz Hayim Chumash, both publications of the Conservative movement. The services are generally led by Cantor Dov Keren with Barak Levy as our torah reader, but we are delighted if someone would like to lead a part of the service, for example read Torah or Haftorah. The services follow the traditional format, but we are always conscious of the world in which we live and often add extra prayers and/or commentaries when needed. We pride ourselves on the involvement of our youth in services. Aside from the services specifically led by our kids (i.e. Teenage Shabbat), many of our kids when preparing for their Bar and Bat mitzvah take an active role in leading parts of the service. A highlight is when students recite part of their Haftorah which they will do completely in the year to come!
Throughout the year special speakers or congregants volunteer to give the d’var torah. Usually, Rabbi Ain delivers sermons from the pulpit, but she occasionally does interactive text studies during the sermon slot. We recognize that not everyone is as familiar or comfortable with the Hebrew language, so transliterated guides are available for both Friday night and Shabbat morning as well as for parts of the High Holidays.