Congregation Har HaShem is pleased to welcome Rabbi Nir Barkin, Director of the Israel-Diaspora Department of the Israel Reform and Progressive Movement. Rabbi Barkin will be speaking at Har HaShem on Monday, July 25th at 7:00 pm. There is no cost to attend the program and all are welcome. Kindly RSVP here.
Rabbi Nir Barkin will discuss the changing paradigm in Israel-Diaspora relations. The latest events happening in Israel and the Jewish world, including the struggle of the Kotel (the Western Wall), and challenges relating to Mikvaot and Kashrut, require a new approach and new engagement between Israel and the Jewish World. Rabbi Nir Barkin will bring a new paradigm formulated to approach these issues.
Rabbi Nir Barkin, a sixth-generation Jerusalemite, serves as the first director of the newly- established Israel Diaspora Department of the Israel Reform and Progressive Movement (IMPJ) and leads the DOMIM-aLike initiative. Rabbi Barkin was one of two spiritual leaders of Congregation YOZMA in Modi’in, a growing city between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, from 2005 through May 2015, and served as a Shaliach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1999 to 2003. Rabbi Barkin is a graduate of the Department of Middle Eastern and African studies at Tel Aviv University, receiving his bachelor’s degree cum laude, and holds a Master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Contemporary Jewry Studies. Rabbi Barkin was ordained at HUC-JIR in 2007. He is married to Anat and they have three children, a girl and two boys (24, 21, 16).
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