Pluralism in Israel

Many are concerned about the recent suspension of a compromise agreement regarding prayer at the Western Wall and changes affecting conversions and religious status for all Jews in Israel.


On July 19, 2017, the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, in partnership with the Jewish Week Media Group, conducted a special conference call exploring questions and concerns about this recent controversy. GET THE AUDIO HERE

In our role as a community leader forging connections with Israel, our President Jeff Schwartz issued the following op-ed in the New Jersey Jewish News. READ NOW


Why is cutting off financial support from diaspora Jews to Israel a bad idea? Read the Jewish Week's editorial "Effecting Change In Israel" HERE.

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, along with our partners in the Federation movement across North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel, takes these issues seriously. We have been and continue to be in the forefront of efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion in Jewish life in Israel.

Make a Difference

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey has launched a special fund to encourage Pluralism in Israel. If this issue concerns you, we encourage you to consider making a direct contribution in addition to your ongoing support for those most vulnerable in our Jewish family.  


The goal of this fund is to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people through ensuring all Jews can find a warm and welcome home for their religious expression in Israel, as well as by enhancing the relationship between Israelis and the Diaspora. The Fund for Pluralism in Israel will enable donors to make a constructive statement to Israeli government leaders and have real impact on the ground. The Jewish Federation system convenes numerous partners dealing with pluralism in Israel; we will rely on this expertise to source effective grant opportunities that raise awareness of these issues and encourage change in Israel, such as through our partners at the Jewish Agency and the Israel Religious Expression Platform (IREP).

As in the rest of our philanthropy, the Jewish Federation leverages our resources and central position to enable effective solutions and smart impact. 100% of contributions to this fund will go to grants that make a difference in encouraging greater Pluralism in Israel.   

To contribute to the Fund for Pluralism in Israel, CLICK HERE.


To contribute to the Fund for Pluralism in IsraelCLICK HERE.


In response to recent government actions in Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ issued the following statements:

June 30, 2017: Jewish Federations have played a central role in combating previous efforts to pass harmful conversion legislation that would disenfranchise significant groups in Jewish communities around the world and in Israel. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chair Natan Sharansky to negotiate a compromise on the Kotel, Jewish Federations were crucial partners in keeping all parties at the table through long years of negotiation. READ MORE

June 27, 2017:
 The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey is disappointed in the developments that occurred over the weekend in Israel regarding equal access to the Western Wall for all Jews. We are equally disappointed in a new conversion bill, sponsored by the Shas party, that was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation earlier today and has been sent to the Knesset for consideration. This bill changes the status quo of conversion in Israel and would block access to Israel's courts. READ MORE