Many in our community are concerned about the Israeli government's recent suspension of a compromise agreement regarding pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall and changes affecting conversions and religious status for Jews of all backgrounds in Israel.
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, have been and continue to be at the forefront of efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion in Jewish life in Israel. Our local response to the government's recent actions include:
JULY 24 - FEDERATION PUBLISHES CONFERENCE CALL UPDATE
The Federation published a blog post recapping July 19 conference call and publishing a link for the new PLURALISM FUND enabling those who wish to make a statement with their dollars to invest more in Federations' advocacy efforts in Israel. READ BLOG POST
JULY 19 - FEDERATION CONDUCTS CONFERENCE CALL
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 the controversy. GET THE AUDIO HERE
JULY 19 - FEDERATION ANNOUNCES NEW PLURALISM FUND
During the community-wide conference call, the Federation announced a new Pluralism Fund responding to donors who wish to make a statement with their dollars by investing in expanded advocacy in Israel.
JULY 19 - FEDERATION CEO INFORMS NATIONALLY-READ EDITORIAL
The New York Jewish Week published an editorial stating that cutting off financial support to Israel a bad idea. Read the Jewish Week's editorial "Effecting Change In Israel" READ IT HERE.
JULY 18 - FEDERATION PRESIDENT ISSUES OP-ED
In our role as a community leader forging connections with Israel, our President, Jeff Schwartz, published an op-ed in the New Jersey Jewish News. READ NOW
JUNE 30 - FEDERATION ISSUES SECOND STATEMENT
Statement describes Federations across North America's role in combating previous efforts to pass harmful conversion legislation that would disenfranchise significant groups in Jewish communities around the world and in Israel. READ STATEMENT
JUNE 28 - FEDERATION CONTACTS ISRAEL CONSUL GENERAL
Jewish Federation president, Jeff Schwartz, contacts Israel's Consul General calling on Israel's Prime Minister and government leaders to honor their previous agreements enabling Jews of all backgrounds to connect with their Jewish heritage and values in Israel.
JUNE 27 - FEDERATION ISSUES STATEMENT
Statement establishes the Jewish Federation is disappointed in Israeli government's actions concerning pluralistic prayer at The Western Wall and conversions in Israel. READ STATEMENT
MORE ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Pluralism Fund launched by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey enables donors to make a dedicated investment in diversity and inclusion in Israel while continuing to support for the vulnerable among our Jewish family in Israel with regular contributions to the Federation's annual community campaign.
The goal of The Pluralism 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.
THE PURALISM FUND
The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey has responded to donors who wish to make a statement by investing in pluralism advocacy in Israel. The fund will support intensified engagement with high-level government and religious leaders as well as grass-roots efforts to inform the popular conversation about diversity and inclusion in the Jewish state.
DONATE TO THE PLURALISM FUND.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL
While we redouble our efforts to invest in pluralism, the needs of vulnerable people in Israel persist. Our regular financial contributions to Israel must continue to fill the socio-economic gaps in feeding the hungry, rescuing children living on the street, providing medicine and socialization to the elderly who live below the poverty line, and much more.
We may be angry at the government of Israel, but we will not turn away from the people of Israel. Our regular Federation contributions are as crucial as ever to care for the vulnerable among our extended Jewish family, whether they live in our area or in Israel.
To learn more about the Federation's approach to helping those in need in Israel and overseas, CLICK HERE.
Background: Conversion Law