This Monday we have a special guest at Beth Israel. Rabbi Pesach Lerner is passing through Omaha and will be davening with us on Monday night at 6:15 PM.
Rabbi Lerner is known for many things, among them he has never stopped advocating on behalf of Jonathan Pollard.
Jonathan Pollard is an historic figure who personifies a host of issues that confront American Jews.
Is there institutionalized antisemitism in America? Are Jews more loyal to Israel than Amerca? If the interests of Israel and America ever came into conflict, which side would we choose?
It also brings up the question of how Israel views the American Jewish community. Does Israel have a responsibility towards all Jews or just towards Israelis? If Pollard had been Israeli would Israel have done more to try to free him?
In the past Jewish organizations were reluctant to advocate on behalf of Pollard as many Jews saw it as a sign of disloyalty to America.
Rabbi Lerner never stopped advocating for Pollard for a minute.
Over the last couple of years, as Pollard's health has been in decline and as the Israeli government has taken a more active role in advocating for his release, it has become in vogue for mainstream Jewish organizations to speak out on his behalf.
This is a great opportunity for Omaha Jews to learn about this historic case and to ask questions from the man who has been directly involved all along.
So be here at Beth Israel on
February 10th Monday night at 6:15 PM For Rabbi Pesach Lerner. Everyone is invited!