By Les Rothschild, Chair, Adult Education Committee.
We have invited Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), to speak to us Wednesday, October 16. This will be his first address in a Reform Congregation and I hope that you will be part of the discussion. Let’s find out about the role that CIJA plays, advocating for Israel and the Jewish community, and how we fit in.
CIJA is not without controversy in our community. But I believe it is better to talk with each other rather than to ignore each other. Therefore, I urge you to join us and to voice your opinion.
For those of you who know about CIJA, you may already have a comment or two. Be a squeaky wheel – come out and ask the tough questions and state your opinion. You can also post your comments right now in the comment box below and let’s start the conversation.
For those of you who don’t know about CIJA visit their website at www.CIJA.ca
Here is Mr Fogel’s definition of advocacy, as written in a recent editorial in the CJN. His talk will address this view.
“True advocacy is about extending influence and winning support among those not already committed. Effective advocacy is about successful outreach to new sources of support, not providing emotional reassurance to those already persuaded of the righteousness of our cause” (for the full text click here)
I look forward to your participation.