Reflections on the Rally for Israel in Washington D.C.
If the last few months since the tragedy of October 7th took place have taught us anything, it’s the importance of standing together in community and solidarity for Israel and for Jews around the world. The Rally for Israel in Washington DC on November 14th was, in fact, the perfect example of those two words: community and solidarity.
As we made our way to the capitol, we did so with a sense of purpose and pride, not only representing each of the congregations we serve, in New Jersey and Florida, but representing the Jewish people at large— the Camp George community included.
We have so much to stand in solidarity for in this moment in time. Supporting our homeland as they work toward the release of hostages and standing against increased antisemitism all over the U.S. and Canada is all the more powerful when we do so together as a community.
It was a truly inspiring opportunity to be in a space surrounded by Jewish people from all over the country, all levels of observances, across the political spectrum. It was a rare feeling of unity in a world that so often feels divided.
What’s even more amazing was running into familiar faces in a sea of 290,000 people. Getting the chance to meet up with each other (we were roommates during our time in rabbinical school at HUC, and both alum of Camp George!) made this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Washington that much more meaningful.
Written by: Rabbi Leah Sternberg & Rabbi Joanne Loiben