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“Intolerance lies at the core of evil. Not the intolerance that results from any threat or danger. But intolerance of another being who dares to exist. Intolerance without cause. It is so deep within us because every human being secretly desires the entire universe to himself. Our only way out is to learn compassion without cause. To care for each other simply because that ‘other’ exists.”
– Rabbi Menachem Mendel
The Israel Matters initiative is focused on developing a culture at LBT where we have as thorough an understanding of Israel as possible – the politics, the culture, the history, and the forces that are shaping Israel’s future. The Israel Matters team is dedicated to creating programs that enlighten our membership particularly as regards the issues that Israel faces and the role that American Jews must play in the resolution of the on-going conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Recent programs sponsored by the IM initiative include the Shalom Hartman iEngage video series, the visit of Palestinian peacebuilder, Ali Abu Awwad and the Westside multi-denominational conversation – “Inside, Outside, In Between: Jewish Peoplehood Today.”