Victory for the Women of Bet Shemesh

We won! “There will be no segregation of women in any city in Israel.” So said the Israeli Supreme Court during Monday’s hearing on modesty signs in Bet Shemesh. Monday was a big day in court for IRAC and the women of Bet Shemesh, and all women in Israel. The three-judge panel ruled that ALL modesty in Bet Shemesh must be removed by December 18. In addition to their removal, the Court ruled that there will be an increased police presence in the area to ensure that the signs are removed and stay down. This ruling was the momentous [...]

2017-12-08T10:14:51+00:00 December 8th, 2017|News|

Three Weddings and a Statement

Yesterday more than 1500 people joined together with us at Temple Emanuel in New York City to celebrate the love of three Israeli couples denied the right to marry in their own way in their own country. One was denied for being a same sex union, one for being a reform convert, and another for having the conviction to say no to the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on marriage in Israel. The couples’ vows express the importance and meaning of this event more eloquently than we can. Ori Berwald Shaer said: “I know that in 40 or 50 years, we will [...]

2017-12-05T09:41:34+00:00 December 5th, 2017|News|

Three Weddings and a Statement Sunday 3rd December

Support Marriage Equality in IsraelMeet Alon and Gali.They were both born in Israel. They met at the Reform kibbutz - Yahel - during a program combining work and Tora. Gali is currently studying for her master's degree in Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and works for the Reform movement as the Directof of Young Adult Programming. Alon is an analyst in the capital market in the field of high-tech and renewable energy. They are members of a Reform community in Tel Aviv.Many couples in Israel choose to get married abroad. Not because they can't legally marry in [...]

2017-12-01T16:09:32+00:00 December 1st, 2017|News|

i24 Israel News interview with Rabbi Gilad Kariv

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, IMPJ President and CEO, responds to Deputy Minister Hotovely's damaging comments about Diaspora Jewry. “The nice words of the Prime Minister are not enough, Tzipi Hotovely, the Deputy Minister, cannot continue to be the public face of the State of Israel in Jewish communities around the world and we expect the Prime Minister to release the Deputy Minister from her duty.” Responding to Likud spokesperson calling Hotovely’s comments a mistake Rabbi Kariv said “We are not talking about mistakes, we are talking about philosophies, we are talking about political attitude and unfortunately I need to say that [...]

2017-11-24T15:34:02+00:00 November 24th, 2017|News|

Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely’s Statements

i24 News in Israel last night interviewed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely in which she made some damaging comments about Diaspora Jewry and in particular Reform and Conservative Jews which can be viewed here This morning Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned her comments. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Reform Movement: "The scandalous words of the Deputy Minister were not said in a vacuum, but as a direct continuation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's abusive conduct towards Diaspora Jewry. We welcome the Prime Minister's belated condemnation of Deputy Minister Hotovely's words, but the time has come for [...]

2017-11-24T12:04:39+00:00 November 24th, 2017|News|
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