The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel

Touching Testament to NOAM’s Commitment to a More Just Society

The  photo above and below was posted by NOAM, the Masorti Movement’s Youth Group, to its Facebook page with the headline: “וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ” Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Taking to heart traditional Jewish teachings as well as the values of inclusion, diversity and pluralism advocated by Masorti Israel, these high school students took an extra long journey from their camp, Hanaton, to participate in the Jerusalem Gay Pride and Tolerance March. They are determined to create a more just and egalitarian society.  We are impressed by their commitment and have confidence that their efforts, and Masorti’s, will ultimately succeed.

Enjoy a  lyrical interpretation of Psalm 34:12, in support of the right of full inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ community in all spheres of Jewish life, practice and tradition.  Dana International, a transgender singer who was Israel’s representative in Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, and who placed first in that competition, performs the song.  She has been received warmly and to wide acclaim throughout Europe.

Masorti is proud to have participated in the the Jerusalem March for Gay Pride this past Thursday.  Young activists from NOAM, the Masorti youth movement, were among our representatives in this joyful expression of support and solidarity with our Israeli friends.

Psalm 34:12-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Listen to  Rabbi Andy Sacks, the head of the Rabbinical Assembly of Masorti Israel in a spirited debate with with Rabbi Dov Halbertal, formerly the Head of the Office of the Chief Rabbi of Israel.  Rabbi Sacks makes a heartfelt argument for acceptance, inclusion and love for the LGBTQ community.  It’s a powerful expression of  the Jewish values supported by the Masorti Movement and Foundation.

For more about Masorti’s commitment to living our values, here’s a recent post about a Masorti kehillah in Yokeam, in lower Galilee, where they organized a special event called  “Making a Place” about inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Jewish life.