The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel

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 this case is before the court now.

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

DONATION FORM

A Word About Donation Choices

To support the Abayudaya Jews and Yosef Kibita, use the drop down menu in the form and select Abayudaya. If you want to support pluralism throughout Israel, select Jewish Pluralism Watch.  If you would prefer to donate where the need is greatest, please make a gift of general support to the Masorti Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund, the third choice in the dropdown menu.   

Please know that whichever you choose, by giving, you will be making a crucial contribution — helping to build an Israel where all Jews can feel at home.

Prefer to donate by mail?

Mail check to: Masorti Foundation
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 832
New York, New York 10115

If you would like help or have questions, please call us at 212-870-2216.