The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel

Urgent Appeal

Israeli Masorti Movement Emergency Campaign

To Protect Yosef Kibita and the Abayudaya Community of Uganda Seeking Equal Rights in Israel

The Masorti Foundation, and collegial organizations, are creating a special emergency fund to pursue justice for Yosef Kibita and the Abayudaya Jewish Community from Uganda.  Yosef lives at Kibbutz Ketura, a kibbutz with Masorti affiliations in Southern Israel, where he has been for a year. He is seeking to make Aliyah.

The Israeli Ministry of the Interior rejected Yosef Kibita’s request to immigrate under the law of return ruling that his “conversion is not recognized for the purpose of receiving status in Israel.” Yosef has been ordered to leave Israel by June 14 or face deportation.

Moreover, the Ministry used this ruling to broadly disqualify the entire Abayudaya community of 2000 from making Aliyah, declaring that the community and their conversion to Judaism is not recognized. This policy flies in the face of 100 years of Jewish practice, conversion mostly under the auspices of the Masorti/Conservative Movement, recognition by the Jewish Agency for Israel as a Jewish community and government policy to recognize foreign conversions from all streams of Judaism.

The Masorti Movement is developing an emergency, multi-pronged, campaign to correct this injustice. Among the elements that need to be undertaken immediately are:

  • Legal Action, with court action to be taken in June;
  • Political advocacy at the Knesset and with the Ministry of the Interior;
  • Public education with both Israeli and global Jewry; and
  • Engagement of Israelis and Jews worldwide in a mass grassroots support effort for Yosef Kibita and the Abayudaya.

Please give as generously as you possibly can –and as quickly as you can– since the court case must be heard THIS JUNE!

All funds contributed will be used to support Masorti Israel’s efforts for Yosef Kibita and equality for the Abayudaya community.

Yes, I stand with Yosef Kibita & the Abayudaya Community!

Read the strong and stirring statement from the Rabbinical Assembly condemning the decision of Israel’s Interior Ministry on Uganda’s Abayudaya.

Statement of the Rabbinical Assembly