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News & Views from Gideon Aronoff, Executive Director, the Masorti Foundation

Significant Rise in Support for Masorti Movement in Israel

Good news for the Masorti Movement: an important survey conducted by the Jewish People Policy Institute shows a significant rise in support for Masorti (and Reform and other more liberal streams) among Israelis.  The study has garnered wide attention in the Jewish press, including the Times of Israel, Haaretz and  the New York Jewish Week, which interviewed Masorti Foundation Executive Director, Gideon Aronoff for its October 16th edition, The JPPI study showed that 12-13...

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Masorti Movement Blog

The latest from the Masorti Movement in Israel on Kehillot, Programs, Activism & more…

Judaism of Tradition and Change by Rabbi Mikie Goldstein

On 5th August 2018, publicist Motti Karpel published an article in Makor Rishon asking where “progressive Judaism” in Israel is headed. Whilst insisting that Orthodoxy is the authentic continuation of “historical Judaism,” he also makes the preposterous claim that the Masorti (Conservative) and Reform movements are working "to undermine the Jewish identity of Israel and its society." Karpel...

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Rabbi Mikie Goldstein with Gideon Aronoff at the Knesset

Rabbi Robert Slosberg
Chairman, Masorti Foundation

Blogging from the Bimah

Mobilizing for Masorti Israel

Introducing a new platform for Masorti — a place to read some of the wisest, most thoughtful and heartfelt rabbis and leaders of our movement, as they debate and discuss important issues facing Masorti, Israel and the Diaspora at a time of extreme challenge.  We hope that these impassioned sermons will encourage you to think deeply, to reflect on what it means to be a Masorti Jew and on how you can take action and give of yourself to advance our values of inclusion and diversity.  To build the Israel that lives up to its highest ideals.

Warmly,

Rabbi Robert Slosberg Signature

Civil Discourse, Civil Rights in America and Israel: Rabbi Robert Tobin

In his Rosh Hashanah sermon “Civil Discourse, Civil Rights in America and Israel”, which is posted on his blog Reasonable Judaism from Rabbi Tobin, the spiritual leader of B’nai Shalom in West Orange decries the fact that religious rights are now being denied to the Conservative (Masorti) movement in Israel. In his powerful sermon, Rabbi Tobin...

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Civil Discourse, Civil Rights in America and Israel: Rabbi Robert Tobin

An Egalitarian Siddur for Youth with Disabilities--A Masorti First!

B’chol D’rachecha (In All Your Ways)

Read more about this groundbreaking siddur here.  And download the order form here.

Masorti's Egalitarian Siddur Available as an App!

Keep it on your smartphone or tablet, iOS or Android.

Great News for Masorti: A Significant Rise in Israelis Who Embrace Our Movement

A recent survey from the Jewish People Policy Institute found strong movement towards our Movement!  A near doubling, in just five years, of the number of Israelis who identify with more liberal streams of Judaism. One reason is Masorti’s welcoming embrace, its inclusivity, its belief that Israel must be a home for all Jews.  For converts and those seeking to convert, that embrace by Masorti rabbis is crucial.  Watch our video as Israelis express their deeply felt thoughts and emotions about what it means to be recognized as fully Jewish.

Masorti conversion makes possible a Jewish family life rich in observance and tradition for many who would otherwise be excluded by the rigid control of the Orthodox rabbinate.  It’s impossible to watch this video and not be moved by the deep emotion and joy the families express.

For more, read our blog post, and for the full JPPI study, “Rising Streams,” (a fascinating report), click here.

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