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Nurturing Israel’s pluralism with the Reform Movement to be a theme for Kislanski in area visit

Anna Kislanski

Anna Kislanski, deputy director general and chief operating officer at the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) will visit the area March 6 through 8 and will join Congregations Beth Emeth in Albany and Gates of Heaven in Schenectady primarily to discuss the Reform Movement in Israel and how the Reform Movement in the United States can play a role in its growth.

She will begin her visit as a guest of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY the morning of March 6,   to discuss “World Zionist Congress Elections—Vote for Your Voice in Israel—What does it Mean?” in a program  beginning at 7:30, 8 a.m.  at its facility, 184 Washington Ave., Ext., Albany.  Reservations are requested to the free program  and may be obtained by calling 518-783-7800.

Kislanski, as scholar in residence at Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany, will speak at a series of weekend events. Programs will include a Friday night Shabbat service, a Torah study and brunch on Saturday, March 7, and a Brunch and Learn on March 8. She will be a guest for an early evening meal at Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady, on Saturday, March 7.

Beth Emeth presentations: Kislanski will speak March 6 during the Shabbat Unplugged service. A dinner will follow. The following morning she will lead the Torah study at 9:30 a.m. which will be followed by a brunch sponsored by brotherhood and The Renaissance Group. Kislanski will speak again on Sunday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the “Impact of the World Zionist Congress on Diaspora Jews.” Deb Sokoler at dsokoler@bethemethalbany.org or 518-436-9761, ext. 230 can provide details about registration for the various programs.

Gates Of Heaven presentation: Gates of Heaven will host Kislanski from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the temple on Saturday for a meal and discussion. The dinner program is free and open to the community and reservations are not required, but are requested to help in planning the meal. Kathy Laws at klaws@cgoh.org or the temple at 518-374-8173 can provide reservations and details.

Kislanski is an educator and community specialist who works to support the network of Reform congregations in Israel and has served in her position since 2010.

Previously, Kislanski served as curriculum consultant for the School Twinning Program with the Tel Aviv Los Angeles Partnership and as the program director for Congregation Or Hadash in Haifa, the Reform Movement’s largest congregation in the north of Israel. She also worked for Melitz (The Institute for Jewish-Zionist Education) as program director and facilitator, developing programs for schools, youth and educators. She has degrees in Middle Eastern studies and educational counseling.

Kislanski, her husband Arthur and their three children live in Even Yehuda, Israel and are founding members of Kehillat HaShachar — one of IMPJ’s newest congregations.

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