Monthly Archives: November 2017

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+11:00November 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+11:00November 24th, 2017|News|

IRAC’s Victory Against Lehava

The head of Israel's most vile hate group will finally face justice. Last week, Israel's Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, finally decided to respond to our petition against Bentzi Gopstein, the leader of Lehava, by deciding to indict him on the charges of incitement to terrorism, violence, and racism, as well as obstruction of justice. For the past eight years, we have been collecting data and fighting Bentzi Gopstein and Lehava. Lehava, which literally means flame, is one of the most dangerous organizations in Israel. It operates under the false pretense of preventing assimilation and "protecting the daughters of Israel" [...]

2017-11-22T09:50:25+11:00November 22nd, 2017|News|

It’s time for diaspora leaders to call Israeli politicans bluff

Published in Forward on November 14, 2017 ANAT HOFFMAN I was forced to spend 24 hours with a five-year-old who isn’t family. I explained the rules of the house several times during his stay, and every time I did, he’d sourly ask: “What will you do to me if I don’t?” I get the same sense of insolence from Israeli officials when we discuss the effect of the cancellation of the cancellation of the Kotel (Western Wall) Agreement on World Jewry are discussed. “What will they do to us?” Israelis, who are typically blunt, direct and proud, tend to [...]

2017-11-20T16:48:02+11:00November 20th, 2017|News|

IMPJ News November 2017

Dear Friends, I have recently completed a visit to Australia, where I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet members of the Progressive Jewish community. I had the privilege of sharing with them all of the wonderful developments and challenges going on in the Israel movement, and hear from them about the important work that they are doing in their local communities. My visit to Australia came just after we marked Diaspora-Israel Day, a new holiday held on the 7th of Cheshvan, celebrating the special bond between Jewish people around the world, so the timing of my visit [...]

2017-11-20T16:43:31+11:00November 20th, 2017|News|
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