A new Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study, Rising Streams, Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel, reports that 12-13 percent of Israeli Jews (800,000) self-identify as Reform or Conservative in recent surveys. These numbers illustrate significant growth in the last decade. However, while hundreds of thousands of Israelis identify with the movements they are not active members. These Israelis, according to the report, are mostly … [Read more...] about New JPPI Report: Significant Rise in Identification with Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel
The shifting plate tectonics of Jewish life
By Yosef I. Abramowitz
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
The Holy Land is trembling. And so, too, should world Jewry.
Defying conventional physics, tremors from a July earthquake in Israel were felt thousands of miles away in North American Jewish communities already battered by a series of shock waves coming out of earthly Jerusalem.
“Today we heard … [Read more...] about Of Federations
and Fault Lines
Baruch Matatov, a 17 year-old boy from Ashkelon, Israel who is an 11th grade student at World ORT’s Kfar Silver Youth Village, is one of the winners of World ORT’s Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for his efforts to raise awareness and end discrimination for Israel’s visually impaired community. The Award is presented to students from throughout the ORT network of schools whose projects showcase their dedication to Tikkun Olam. There were 12 … [Read more...] about ORT Kadima Mada Student Leads Efforts For Visually Impaired
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has launched Tikkun Olam Ventures (TOV), an innovative new program addressing poverty among Africa’s smallholder farmers by leveraging Israeli agricultural technology and training, Jewish philanthropy and private capital, and access to new markets for crops. Initiated with a two-year pilot in Ethiopia, TOV currently has seven demonstration sites growing vegetables in the country's … [Read more...] about JDC Launches Tikkun Olam Ventures, Empowering Africa’s Smallholder Farmers
By Judy Maltz Haaretz.com Long before #MeToo and long before Christine Blasey Ford took the stand against Brett Kavanaugh, a group of women in Israel launched a movement aimed at encouraging victims of sexual assault to share their stories publicly. They called it One of One (in Hebrew, Achat Mitoch Achat) - out of their conviction that every single person in Israel has been the target of some kind of unwanted sexual act. What started … [Read more...] about The Trailblazing Israeli Movement That Predated #MeToo