Thursday, April 1, 2021

Stay In! And Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of 3 Israeli Couples Who Got Married in Cleveland Park


Dear List Members,
The highlighted event for the week is actually a follow-up: It’s been two years since we first posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv an invitation to a triple wedding taking place at Washington Hebrew Congregation – and the whole community was welcome. 
Here’s the original invitation that appeared on the Listserv as Message  #144573  
Celebrate Love & Support Marriage Equality in Israel - Tues, Mar 26, 2019
3 Weddings and a Statement
Celebrate LOVE and support marriage equality in Israel!
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington DC
With great joy and meaning, Washington Hebrew Congregation and Adas Israel Congregation invite you to a very special event welcoming three couples into the covenant of marriage.
These couples could not or would not legally marry in Israel under the auspices of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate for three very different reasons: one couple is gay, the second couple has one partner that Israel’s Chief Rabbinate does not consider to be Jewish, the third couple rejects the Rabbinate’s rigid control over Jewish marriage.
They would have preferred to marry in their home country. In fact, each has already had a wedding ceremony in Israel, but the government will not recognize their marriages. Much like “commitment ceremonies” that same-sex couples had in the United States before the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, the three couples are married only in their hearts.
Learn More and RSVP to join us in person or live stream the ceremony: 
Some of you may have attended. (I did and it was lovely)
Now, whether you went to the original or not, you are invited to a Zoom follow-up conversation with all three married couples, live from Israel, who will be joined by: 

Anat Hoffman
Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig
Senior Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation

David Astrove
WHC Past President and Reform movement participant at the recent World Zionist Congress

Sunday, April 4 at 10:30 am on Zoom  

Meeting Registration: Register
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Three Weddings, Three Babies and Israel’s Election: Will the Next Generation of Israelis Have Equal Rights?


It was just two years ago that three Israeli couples traveled thousands of miles to get married in Washington, D.C. because they were unable to have legally recognized marriages in Israel.
Since that time, each couple has had a baby – and Israel has held FOUR elections. How will the results of this most recent contest affect our Israeli brothers and sisters? What does this mean for the couples and their children?
Find out at a special program about equal rights and pluralism in Israel! All three couples and Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, will join us live from Israel via Zoom for a discussion with Rabbi Lustig and David Astrove, WHC Past President who participated in the recent World Zionist Congress with the Reform movement.
This program, sponsored by the Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Family Heritage Fund, is free and open to the community.

The "Get Out/Stay In!" featured event is published each Thursday on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local 

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