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Here is this week’s update from Masorti’s Jewish Pluralism Watch.

Keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the Knesset on issues of importance to Masorti–inclusiveness,  pluralism and democracy consistent with Jewish tradition.

Read the whole JPW Update–it’s packed with great information about Masorti.

Dear Friends,

On the Knesset agenda this week:

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss two bills:

A bill submitted by Yisrael Beitenu proposing the establishment of a Dialogue Center which will serve to bridge the divide between Israel and the Diaspora;

  • MK Eytan Broshi (Zionist Union) has submitted a bill seeking to exempt nurseries from the legal prohibition to work on Shabbat.
  • The Internal Affairs and Environment Committee will discuss cases of mohalim (who perform circumcisions) who continue to practice even after they have been found to be negligent; and on Monday the Minister of Immigration and Absorption MK Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beitenu) will submit a report of her ministry’s activities, its projected work plan and its budget.

The Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall – In an about face, MK Miri Regev (Likud), Minister of Culture and Sport, announced on Wednesday: The demands of the Reform {and Conservative} movement to turn the Western Wall into a place where women and men pray together, is unacceptable to me and to Jewish tradition.” In 2013 MK Miri Regev had said: “We have to prepare a place where there will be mixed prayer, where everyone can pray according to his custom.”

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