Welcome to YourSpace

By Karen Mock, President, JSpaceCanada

January 27, 2018

I am very pleased to contribute the lead-off blog for YourSpace – JSpaceCanada’s new forum for discussion and debate. JSpaceCanada was created for those who felt they no longer had a voice in the Canadian Jewish community and who yearned for a safe space to discuss Israel and the Middle East from a progressive perspective, grounded in Jewish and social justice values. If you are looking for a safe engaging place to discuss Israel and its policies, as well as issues of the day that impact on the Jewish community of Canada, then JSpaceCanada is for you. And YourSpace in JSpace can serve as a comfortable ‘living room’ for you to espouse your views and to engage in passionate, civil dialogue on those issues.

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Netanyahu under siege

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem, October 9, 2015 — The current wave of terrorist attacks on Israelis that continues and is now spreading to different parts of the country has put Prime Minister Netanyahu under siege. He’s fighting the ultra-right wingers in his own party as well as among his coalition partners who accuse him of […]

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A time for soul-searching on both sides

By Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, October 5, 2015 (Motza’ei Chag) A third intifada is on its way. Perhaps it’s already here. The death toll is growing and more is likely to come. Israelis and Palestinians blame each other but neither side is prepared to look at itself and take its share of the responsibility. As the […]

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Israel’s new neighbors

By Rabbi Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, Sept. 26, 2015 (Motzaei Shabbat) More than a million Jews left Russia and its Soviet empire after the latter collapsed. Most of them settled in Israel and, together with all of us, are now facing the prospect of forces of the aspiring new version of that empire under Vladimir Putin […]

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The future of progressive Jews in Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, Sept. 20, 2015 “Hiddush – For Religious Freedom and Equality” is an organization headed by Rabbi Uri Regev, the former president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and, before that, the head of Reform Judaism’s Israel Religious Action Centre. Hiddush regularly surveys the religious preferences of the country’s Jews. […]

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