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.
This week the Knesset will give its attention to several issues, amongst them the widening rift with Jews of the Diaspora following the Chief Rabbinate’s decision not to recognize conversions performed by Orthodox rabbis outside its authority, and MK Aliza Lavie’s (Yesh Atid) proposed amendment to the Hours of Work and Rest Law that seeks to allow non-observant Jews to decline to work on the Sabbath. The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee will discuss the regulations governing payment of burial fees by The National Insurance Institute. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss the bill submitted by MK Yoel Razbozov (Yesh Atid) that seeks to sanction civil divorce for couples married outside of Israel who are registered with the Ministry of the Interior.
The Masorti synagogue “Kehilat Bet Israel” in Netanya was vandalized this past week, for the third time this month. Doors and windows were smashed, and the noticeboard and the water cooler were damaged. MK Yael Cohen Paran (Zionist Union), who is a member of the Masorti community in Pardes Hannah, has raised a motion for an urgent discussion in the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and has appealed to MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) to investigate the matter.