Our Rabbi, Ian Silverman, earned a BA in psychology from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. His ordination took place at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where he earned an MA in Jewish Studies and his Teacher's Certificate from Gratz College. He earned a Doctorate of Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Silverman has been a pulpit Rabbi for more than 25 years and enjoys working with our children in Religious School, teaching Adult Education courses and writing scholarly essays. Two of these essays, one on the subject of the High Priest and the other on Happenstance and Accident in Jewish traditional sources, were honored with publication in the Conservative Quarterly Journal.
Most recently, he indulged his art hobby by completing a complete set of pastel illustrations depicting each of the weekly portions of the Five Books of Moses.
Rabbi Silverman is married and has two sons.
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Although some argue that Jews are the alien population to Palestine, implanted by the British, in fact, Jews are the indigenous population in this area based on historical and genetic documentation. It is the Palestinians, however, who are there as a result of converts from those indigenous pre-modern Jews and Christians who submitted to Islam, Muslim invaders, and Arab immigrants. Read about it HERE.
While the Poles are unwilling to embrace their role in the Holocaust, a brave Polish artist gives us a glimmer of hope. Watch the video HERE.
A retired pilot who flew daring rescue missions bringing Yemenite Jewish refugees to Israel during Israel's War of Independence, revisited Israel for the first time after 69 years. He's now 91. Read an interview with him HERE.
Congress has passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, sanctioning Hamas for using civilians as human shields. Read about it HERE.
Senators Corker and Menendez are urging the State Department to engage in a diplomatic solution with our allies to preent Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon. Urge your senator to sign the letter HERE.
Read Chuck Shumer's address at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference HERE.
A social project, Koolulam, which aims to bring people together from all corners of Israel's multi-cultural society through song, has become a huge success. Watch the video HERE.
Dr. Arnon Gross read over 200 Arabic textbooks to understand what Palestinian students are taught, and concluded that there is no chance for peace and reconciliation between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as the books demonize Jews and Israel and encourage violence. Read about the Palestinian textbook problem HERE.
The editorial staff of the New York Times heavily debated publication of an op-ed article written by an Israeli settler of Hebron, who argued that the two-state solution is dead. Some NYTimes staffers saw pubication of the article as hate-speech and a denial of personhood to Palestinians. Read about it HERE.
NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind has successfully petitoned Facebook to add the Israeli flag as a background frame for user profiles. Hikind cited the fact that the Palestinian flag, representing an entity and not even a state, was included, but not the Israeli state. Read about it HERE.
Just as the Polish government has announced their contentious "Holocaust Law," a declassified impartial US State Department report from 1946 has been received by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, contradicting current arguments by Polish leaders that antisemitism was the result of communism, and describes rampant antisemitism and poor treatment of Jews in Poland. Read the report and learn more HERE.
Palestinian children are routinely sent by their families to throw rocks at Israeli cars, taunt Israeli soldiers, smuggle phones to terrorists in jail, and even carry explosives for use in terror attacks. Yet many prominent BDS organizations, as well as UNICEF, American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International, and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, ignore this practice and falsely accuse Israel as the guilty party. Read about it HERE.
Congressman Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the DNC, has met several times with head of the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam movement, despite is insistence when her ran for Congress that he's severed all ties. Let the Democratice Party that they must take action on this issue. Click HERE for the DNC site. Click HERE for Facebook. Click HERE for Twitter.
A woman who wanted to see "the other side" visited Ramallah and the layer of propoganda- the hatred of Israel and narrative of injustice toward Palestinians- is woven into the everyday life of the city, making the idea of coexistence seem impossible. Read about it HERE.
Show your love for Israeli soldiers and do a mitzvah for Purim by purchasing Purim baskets for soldiers HERE.
A local synagogue spoke out against a Columbia University bookstore that had been selling the children's book P is for Palestine, which praised the intifada. The bookstore, Book Culture, apologized and noted that they "support Israel's right to exist," and do not endorse BDS. In response, over 170 members of the Columbia University community have signed a petition calling for the boycott of Book Culture. Read about it HERE.
Read the account of an Israeli reservist, who describes the "made-for-media" Palestinian "Pallywood," HERE.
Once again, automatic weapons, mental illness and lax safeguards have combined to killl children in what should be their safest zone. A society with radical and unbalanced freedoms may well be a recipe of its own undoing. Read of efforts you can join to make a change, HERE.
Israel should not annex Judea and Samaria. Read why HERE.
Ahed Tamimi, on trial for taunting an Israeli soldier, has been supported by the Washington Jewish Week and comedian Sarah Silveman, yet some crucial background information brings her real intentions to light. Tamimi is being used as a tool by her family, who openly seek Israel's destuction and promote anti-Jewish violence. Read the CAMERA article HERE.
The Taylor Force Act, which cuts assistance that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority for providing payments to terrorists, is not a final deal yet in the Senate. Please write your senator- please submit this form.
The IRS, under the Obama Adminstration, hamstringed the non-profit status of a US Jewish Organization that explains and defends Israeli settlements in the West Bank, making it ineffective because donation could not get off the ground. At the same time, they fast-tracked non-profits that support Hamas in Gaza. Something was very rotten– read about it HERE.
Poland is planning legislation criminalizing the suggestion that Poles were complicit in Holocaust war crimes. In fact, Poles acted as collaborators and profiteers. Poland was occupied, but the people should bear some of the responsibility for the murder of 3 million Jews on Polish lands. Read about the Polish ruling HERE.
In response to Israeli outrage, Israeli Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet instructed school to dedicate two hours this week to learn more about European nation's involvement in the Holocaust and their roles during the war. Read the Times of Israel article HERE.
Christians are being persecuted around the world, mostly under Islamic regimes. Read the story from Middle East Forum HERE.
In an address to the PLO Central Council, Mahmoud Abbas revealed the crux of the reason behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. it is not the lack of a Palestinian state, but the fact that a Jewish democratic state exists. Read the artlcle HERE.
Aid to Palestinians hurts the peace process by perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem. The the article from Middle East Forum HERE.
Membership of the UN Human Rights Council, elected to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights," includes: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iraq, Burundi, Afghanistan among others. See the list and why it's laughable, HERE.
Read Alan Dershowitz' article recounting his debate with Professor Cornel West of Harvard on the topic of the BDS movement HERE.
The US has sent only $60 million of the its $125 million to the UN relief agency for Palestinians while re-examing the way the UNRWA operates and is funded, and to urge other nations to contrigure more. Read about it HERE.
The UN provides funding to Lebanon from the US for its Palestinian population, but nearly 1/4 of the Palestinians Lebanon claims are not there. Read the story HERE.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has contacted US Attorneys and Homeland Security following a speech by Imam Ammar Shahin in California, who used his pulpit to demonize Jews and call for their destruction. Similar screeds were delivered at mosques across the US and Canada. Read about it HERE.
Read the words of Golda Meir, from 41 years ago, on the Palestinian issue. At the time, her arguments were belittled, but in retrospect, we see her incisive wisdom, HERE.
Read a Times of Israel blog describing how Christians across the Middle East are in danger from radical Islamists, except in Israel, HERE.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team which will investigate individuals and networks providing support Hezbollah and pursue prosecutions in any appropriate cases. Read about it HERE.
The Board of Directors of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy voted to hold their 2019 international conference in Tel-Aviv, but a petition has been circulated protesting this decision and calling upon the organization to reconsider. Please sign the petition supporting academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas HERE.
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has asked the State Department to stop referring to Israel's presence in Judea-Samaria as an "occupation," but the State Department has refused. Read why Ambassador Friedman is correct HERE.
Palestinians are destroying important sites of the Herodian era. Read the story HERE.
Are the people of Iran protesting economic and employment issues, or something deeper? HERE.
Urge your congress people to stand with the Iranian people as they oppose Iran's corruption, disregard of human rights and support for terrorism, HERE.
UNICEF is blacklisting the IDF as violators of children's rights, basing their criticism on biased information. Read HERE.
Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies has become an "academic epicenter for anti-Israel political activism, as well as the promotion of academic boycott of Israel and its mother [BDS] movement..." Read the New York Daily News article HERE.
Several performers have been receiving pressure to cancel their shows in Israel. It is crucial at this time that artists hear from those who support artistic freedom and the power of the arts to build bridges. Please sign the petition HERE.
Tarek Fatah writes inthe Middle East Forum that Muslims need to be more honest about Jerusalem's role in its history. Read the article HERE.
Read a Newsweek article by Rabbi Marvin Hier that explains why Abbas is telling the world that the survival of the Middle East is at stake with Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, HERE.
Imam Aymen Elkasaby, in the US (New Jersey) on an R-1 visa, is calling for all Muslims to engage in violence against Jews as a religious obligation. He should be deported. Read about it HERE.
CNN's Jake Tapper criticizes the countries that condemned the US on Jerusalem at the UN. Watch the video HERE.
Teen Vogue has shifted from its focus on fashion and become political. In an article last week, the magazine promoted Hamas and it's call for people to resist Trump's announcement about Jerusalem. Read the article from Camera HERE. Write to voice your outrage with Teen Vogue HERE.
Linda Sarsour, the controversial Muslim activist and self-proclaimed feminist, has been accused of covering up and threatening women in her Brooklyn office who alleged sex-abuse in the office, according to the New York Post. Read about it HERE.
Learn the proper protocol to handle Palestinian activists on campuses as exemplified by Georgetown University HERE.
A video about all the wonderful aid Israel provides worldwide, that will bring a tear to your eyes HERE.
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