The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel

Rabbi Michael Graetz’s Remarks at Masorti 2017 Gala

Watch this moving video from Rabbi Michael Graetz, recorded in Israel, on the occasion of his being honored as a recipient of the Israeli Partnership Award at the Masorti 2017 Gala.

Rabbi Graetz is a founder of the Masorti Movement in Israel and its first Executive Director. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he received ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1967, making aliyah to Israel the same year. After serving as an IDF chaplain during the Yom Kippur War, he became rabbi of Magen Avraham congregation in Omer, serving as its rabbi for 31 years. He was also a teacher of Bible and Jewish Civilization at the Kaye State Teacher’s College in Beer Sheva.

Creating the Masorti Movement required a true sense of mission and great perseverance. Rabbi Graetz possessed both and in 1978, he launched a successful drive to expand the Movement.  Appointed president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel, he undertook the broadening of the Masorti base by reaching out to like-minded American Jews affiliated with the Conservative stream.

Hear him speak about the progress made and his hopes for the future of Masorti and be inspired!