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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 30 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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Rabbi Silverman's Suggested Sites to See

The UNRWA has placed six employees on leave for publicly calling for the murder of Jews. Still, the UNRWA has done nothing to reassure that they are not ridden with antisemitic animus. UN  Watch calls out their unwillingness to fire antisemitic teachers and UNRWA responds by playing the victim and claiming the UNWatch is 
out to delegitimate them. UN anti-Israel bias is in full view, HERE.
 
A federal appeal court in Germany has ruled that an antisemitic carving on a church in Wittenberg from the 13th century does not have to be removed. The image shows Jews suckling a pig. Read about the ruling HERE.
 
Fusako Shigenobu, the "empress of terror" who founded of the Japanese Red Army and masterminded the 1974 hostage-taking of the French embassy in The Hague, the US consulate in Malaysia, and took part in the the 1972 massacre at the Israeli airport in which 26 people were killed, was released from a Tokyo prison this week and immediately hailed by Palestinians as a heroine. Read more of why Palestinians celebrated her release HERE.
 
Democrats and Republicans are concerned about the Biden Administration's nominee for US ambassador to Brazil, who has spoken about Jewish money in politics and the influence of the "Jewish Lobby." Read more HERE.
 
The parent company of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Unilever, has halted the Israel boycott and will sell ice cream in Israel and the West Bank under both it's Hebrew and Arabic names. Read about the decision HERE.
 
Young Jews feel they should be less visible and outspoken as Jews in order to be socially acceptable. In fact, they need to resist antisemitism with confidence and be confident as Jews. Read why HERE.
 
A Swedish hospital is being sued by the Swedish Medical Association for firing a Jewish doctor who complained of suffering antisemtic abuse that included being told he has a Jewish nose, is stingy and whines like a Jew. Read about the case HERE.
 
There is a problem with antisemitism on college campuses in New York. The CUNY School of Law faculty has endorsed BDS, rocking the New York City Council, which announced a hearing to examine the siutation. Read about it HERE.
 
Read an interesting article showcasing the divergence of Islamic voices on the overturning of Roe v Wade. Some of Muslim progressive women icons are feeling the heat of Islamists. Islamists, like fundamentalist Christians, are buoyed, HERE.
 
While the UN demands a criminal investigation of the killing of an Al Jazeera journalist, Israel insists she was not shot intentionally and that they have still not been given access to the bullet that killed her. Read HERE.
 
The US Court of Appeals in Arkansas upheld an anti-discrimination law prohibiting state entities from contracting on ordinary terms with companies that discriminatorily boycott Israel. Read about it HERE.
 
A bipartisan group from the US House of Representatives is asking the federal government to look into a Boston "Mapping Project" released by a BDS group that lists Jewish organizations with names and addresses, HERE.
 
Israel's currently unraveling coalition was on the right track in terms of working at a common vision and Israeli unity. Its failure brings Israel once again to the past perils of "conquer and divide," HERE.
 
Read an interesting proposition to set new borders for Israel to allow for a definitive sovereign Jewish state that excludes the majority population of Palestinians, as opposed to allowing the status quo “temporary occupation”chaotic drift to continue to erode Israel’s standing as an “occupier."  Read of this option, HERE.
 
Payments to terrorists and their families or medicine for cancer patients? The Palestinian Authority prioritizes the former. Read about it HERE.
 
Nigeria has become a hot bed of Christian persecution resulting in 20,000 killed and kidnapped by Isis Biko harem and Fulani herdsmen. The world is mute on this slaughter. Christians are also disappearing due to oppression in the Middle East with one exception: the State of Israel. Read HERE. 
 
Read of the courageous young woman at Duke University fighting against anti-Israel sentiment and antisemitism on campus HERE.
 
The Knesset is discussing the situation where Jewish students in Israel are afraid on their own campuses due to anti-Israel demonstrations, HERE.
 
Sign your name and tell Congress to sign the Bipartisan COI Elimination Act, which will seek the end of the UN's Commission of Inquiry which targets Israel, restrict your tax dollars from funding this COI, and reduce US funding to the UN by the amount of the COI budget, HERE.
 
Google stockholders have voted against a BDS proposal and to continue work on Google's Israel Nimbus Project. Read about it HERE.
 
An online gaming platform has allowed an antisemitic videogame, whcih encourages players to kill Israeli soldiers and perform acts of terrorism, to be sold on its platform, Join StandWithUs in demanding that this game be removed, HERE.
 
The relationsip between Israel and the Democratic Party is worth mending. While there are red flags, there is also hope, and the American Jewish voice is critical. Read why, HERE.
 
The EU's representative to the PA, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff of Germany, is blaming PA terrorsim and murder of Israelis on the behavior of Israeli Jews. Read more HERE.
 
Endorsement of the IHRA definition of antisemitism have been made by NY Governor Kathy Hochul (HERE), British Columbia Premier John Horgan (HERE), and the country of Columbia (HERE).
 
The Poland-Israel relationship is at new low due to Polish "patriotic" legislation that criminalizes Holocaust research implicating Poles as collaborators, as well as  disagreement in security arrangements for visits of Israeli High Schoolers. Read about it HERE.
 
A flag sewn together by inmates of the Mathausen Concentration Camp in anticipation of their liberation by American forces is on display at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Learn about it HERE.
 
The Presbyterian Church of the US has been anti-Israel, accusing the Jewish state of "settler colonialism." Yet, they seem to overlook the Armenian resettlement and occupation of what was formerly Azerbijon. Read about this hypocrisy HERE.
 
Despite a lot of talk, the EU has released millions of dollars to the PA that it had frozen out of concern for the textbooks used that encourage terror, incitement and hatred toward Jews. Read more about the EU's spineless "reassessment" HERE.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is displaying artifacts from a top secret WWII US Army Unit, the "Ghost Army," that simulated two divisions of 30,000 men, when armed with only light artillery. Learn more about this unit HERE.
 
Although no one condones the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi Arabia, it is important to know that he was a vicious anti-Israel proponent who trafficked in Holocaust denial and Jewish Global conspiracy. The Biden Administration is correct to balance this human rights issue with real politic. HERE.
 
Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan has been elected VP of the UN General Assembly, giving him the responsibility of chairing General Assembly meetings and helping to set the agenda for its deliberations. Read of this significant achievement for Israeli diplomacy, HERE.
 
The woman who heads the UN Human Rights Councils Commission of Inquiry blames Israel for the conflict with Palestinians and is calling for an arms embargo against Israel. 22 nations have opposed the UNHRC probe into Israel. HERE.
 
Claims that the world's response to Ukraine is painful to Palestinians who have not seen the same level of empathy when "Israel shelled Gaza" or the rights of "Palestinians to resist their occupation and colonization, or even to defend themselves" are improper. Hamas has launched rocketsand mortars into Israel, provoking a response and Israel does not clain that Gaza should not exist. Read the response HERE.
 
A Seattle-area police chief who displayed a Nazi insignia and joked about the Holocaust was initially placed on administrative leave, followed by a demand that he resign, leading to a dispute between his lawyers and the city. After negotiations, the city paid him over $1.5M to resign. Read more HERE.
 
A Massachusetts activist group, The Mapping Project, has mapped purported connections between Jewish groups and other MA organizations as "lines of influence between 'Zionist leaders,'" and includes Jewish organizations, Jewish day schools and synagogue groups, with the goal to "dismantle" these organizations. Several MA congress people have spoken out against this initiative. Read more and see the map HERE.
 
Elizabeth Taylor was not only Jewish, but a tremendous supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. Read more about her HERE.
 
The UC Board of Regents was urged by several UCLA students at a recent board meeting to take a stronger stand against antisemitism. Read why, HERE.
 
Iran has been censured for not explaining the traces of uranium found in locations that are not nuclear sites. Their response? They've turned off surveillance cameras that monitor one of their nuclear sites. Read more HERE.
 
Watch some great ways in which Students Suppporting Israel (SSI) are combating the propaganda of Students for Justice in Palestine, HERE.
 
Jeff Jacoby writes of the need, in a civil democracy, to both understand legitimate opposing positions and to search for common ground, HERE.
 
The US State Department and Foreign Service actually despised Jews and harbored antisemitism. Read about their history HERE.
 
Write to the Chancellor of UofC Berkeley, Carole Christ, and demand that their administration condemn the glorification of violence toward Jews, following a Palestinian group's gala in "honor of the Unity Intifada," HERE.
 
Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, writes that historical accuracy about the Six Day War is important, and exposes the fact that there was never a Palestinian state, the the 1967 war was instigated by Arabs, and that the Arab world hates the Jewish people. Read this clear-eyed article HERE.
 
The ADL is finally addressing left-wing antisemitism, but they have a long way to go. Read HERE.
 
UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA) have exposed numerous factual and legal errors in Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC)’s submission to the United Nations that libeled Israel as an apartheid state. Read about it HERE.
 
At a Quds Day rally in Dearborn, Michigan, several speakers advocated violence against Israel. Read their statements HERE.
 
The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that is the most anti-Israel "mechanism" to date. Hard to believe that a "commission of Inquiry" can be objective that starts with premise that all of Israel is occupied Palestinian Territory. The first sentence of the resolution is "The United Nations International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel." Read more examples of the biased "inquiry" HERE.
 
Europeans seem to have had enough, finally, with Palestinian "incitement" curricula in Palestinian schools. Europe is withholding funds until the curriculum is revised and emptied of antisemitism. Read about it HERE.
 
Read the Marine “Gettysburg” sermon for the ages delivered at Iwo Jima in 1945, at the funeral of thousands of Marines who had given their all for freedom. Rabbi Gittleson was the Jewish Chaplain, who composed and delivered it, first to a small group but 50 years later at the US commemoration. An important theme, especially now, to learn and internalize on Memorial Day, HERE.
 
The Jewish Agency for Israel is working to respond to the challenges of a younger Jewish generation in shoring up positive Israel American Jewish connections, HERE.
 
An NYU Law student writes a letter of thanks to the fellow antisemitic students who reveal the hatred on the left that can spout it's hatred out loud. HERE.
 
Read an interesting interview of Ron Dermer, a Likud member, on the dynamics of the current Israeli coalition, and on the constructive role that US administrations play by giving the Palestinians an option for buy-in rather than chasing after them and putting them front and center, HERE.
 
Watch, as we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, a beautifully done retrospective on the seminal capture of the Old City of Jerusalem and the precious moment of when General Motti Gur announced "the Temple Mount is in our hands!" HERE.
 
Read the interesting story of “two gun” Cohen, a British Jew who was shipped off as a troubled youth to Canada and in the 1920s, befriended the Chinese in Canada. He was appointed a Chinese general and managed to convince the Chinese to abstain in the 1947 partition vote. Read more HERE.
   
Learn of some excellent organizations fighting anti-Semistism 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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