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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’s agenda this week:

  • The Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs will convene again to discuss the black lists of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel documenting citizens whose Jewishness is in doubt, after last week’s scheduled discussion did not take place when the representatives of the Chief Rabbinate failed to arrive.
  • The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will prepare for second and third readings of the bill for extending the jurisdiction of the rabbinical courts in matters of divorce to non-Israeli Jews abroad.
  • The Ministerial Committee will continue the discussion of MK Moshe Gafni’s proposal for budgeting the Religious Councils in Israel.
  • Last Monday, MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) and others, submitted The Chief Military Rabbi 2018 bill, which seeks to regulate the status of the Chief Military Rabbi in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This bill proposes granting the Military Rabbi the rank of General and not Brigadier General, as is the current practice.   Continue reading…