As the Masorti Foundation joins in celebrating Diversity Month this April, it is launching the Masorti #InclusiveIsrael Campaign. It is the perfect time to kick-off a campaign to secure Israel’s future as a pluralistic state that embraces a diversity of Jewish expression.
This initiative will put the Foundation at the forefront of addressing Israel’s other security crisis – the one caused by religious, social and political intolerance. The campaign will shine a light on the importance of creating a more democratic Israel where diversity is celebrated – not delegitimized.
The Masorti Movement is committed to holding Israel accountable to its core founding principles as stated in 1948’s Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel to “ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex (and) guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.” As a leading proponent of the Zionism of Inclusion, the Movement will put #InclusiveIsrael Campaign funds into action to secure Israel’s future as a Jewish and pluralistic state.
With support at all levels of giving, the Movement will lead the way in advocating for:
- The right for all Jews to observe Judaism according to their traditions,
- The right for women to pray at the Kotel without threats or harassment by ultra-Orthodox protesters,
- The right for secular and traditional Jews in Israel to an inclusive, modern alternative to rigid Orthodoxy,
- The right for our American Jewish children and grandchildren to be welcomed in Israel, their Jewish values embraced, and their parents and grandparents’ Zionism celebrated.
#InclusiveIsrael supporters will be partners in making this vision a reality. It is a vision that will expand egalitarian, pluralistic and spiritual Jewish education and life-cycle services for the 800,000 Israelis who identify with Masorti and other liberal forms of Judaism.
Contributions will make an immediate difference in:
- Offering young Israelis – including those with disabilities – religious options for full participation in Jewish life and for building their leadership skills through the NOAM Youth Movement,
- Growing the network of Masorti kehillot and minyanim that provide a real alternative in religious, educational and community life for the increasing number of Israelis seeking out Masorti’s spiritual and educational services,
- Ensuring the Judaism demanded by so many Israelis is fully recognized by the new Knesset and government regarding marriage, conversion, kashrut and prayer at the Kotel.
Bringing these difference-making achievements to reality will be challenging – but we have no option but to succeed if we are to build a homeland that fully embraces all the Jewish People for generations to come.
Alan Grossman is the Assistant Director of Development for the Masorti Foundation. He is a Trustee of B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ.