ARZA Speaker: Mr. Yari Lootsteen
November 30, 2017, 7 – 9 pm.
‘Against All Odds – The Remarkable Story of Reform Judaism in Israel’
Mr. Lootsteen will be sharing his many years of experience as one of the leaders of Reform Judaism in Israel.
Yair currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). He has been on the IMPJ Board since 2013. Born in London, England, Yair grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He made Aliyah in 1979 and has since resided in Jerusalem. A lawyer, Yair served in the IDF’s Military Advocate General Corps for 23 years, completing his term of duty in 2007 with the rank of Colonel. He held several challenging positions during his military career, the last being that of the Legal Advisor to the IDF in Judea and Samaria. Previous positions in the IDF included that of the Staff Judge Advocate for the General Staff Command and the Legal Advisor to the IDF in the Gaza Strip.
Since completing his regular IDF service, Yair has invested much of his time on issues relating to Jewish pluralism in Israel. Yair is married to Hanna and they have two children, Naomi and Natan.