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Those taking part in this year’s trip to Israeli included Kim Matsil (from left), Renee Polsky Silver, Adina Glass, Addie Harte, Rhea Nadler, Jennifer Schlozman, Vanessa Lehman and Andrea Levitan.

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Not too long ago, I stood at the Tiergarten public park in the center of Berlin, Germany. That’s just a short distance away from the former location of a villa where more than 60 Nazi bureaucrats worked in secret to organize the mass murder of millions. But there I was surrounded by 1,100 people celebrating an authentic Jewish wedding.

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More than any other vote since President Trump’s inauguration, the vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will determine the character and future of our nation.

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Recent developments in Israel policy have been troubling. The suspension of the Cabinet resolution to support “one Wall for one people” and the new conversion bill that was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation that changes the status quo of conversion for Israel are disconcerting and saddening for many Diaspora Jews. It creates a rift between our people that can have devastating consequences.

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In May, a group of 10 HBHA alumni worked to restore honor to a Jewish cemetery in Wodzislaw, Poland. Shown here in front of salvaged matzevot (memorial stones) are Jordan Pollack (back row from left), Mikayla Davis, David (Doobie) Robinow, Avery Parkhurst, Sam Matsil, Joel Gutovitz and Daniel Jezmer. Front row: Turner Sousley, Leah Levy, Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis and Ethan Kaseff.

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My esteemed colleague, Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff, wrote an articulate and thoughtful column about his anger toward the Israeli government concerning the issues of religious pluralism in Israel.

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I am a pediatrician. In that role, I take care of many children with special health needs. That means that they have a chronic disease, a health problem that won’t go away. They live with a disease every day of their lives. Overall in the United States, there are about 15 million children with special health needs. (https://mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa14/population-characteristics/children-special-health-care-needs.html ) That is nearly 20 percent of all children.

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Diaspora needs to continue to support Israel

Last week the Israeli government went back on its word about a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.

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