Community Engagement

For Israel and Diaspora

About

The Rav Siach program which began operating during the summer of 2015 with over 100 congregations and rabbis, is matching Conservative congregations around the world with Masorti congregations in Israel.  The aim of this initiative is to create a conversation between the two communities on the key issues confronting Israeli society and Jewish communities around the world. Rav Siach strives to develop, through the exchanging of ideas and studying together, a partnership which can transform individuals and communities, moving away from the previous notion of one-sided support that framed Israeli/Diaspora relationships for more than half a century.

 

The program, which is largely centered on phone calls and virtual communication between the participating rabbis and congregations, will enable them to connect with the people of Israel, learn about Israel’s diversity and help support the growing Masorti movement in Israel.  In addition, the program will provide educational resources and content related to Israel and assist Conservative congregations visiting Israel to include a meaningful encounter with their fellow Israelis as part of their Israel trip.

 

The Masorti Movement is committed to a pluralistic, egalitarian, and democratic vision of Zionism. Masorti represents a “third” way. Not secular Judaism. Not ultra-Orthodoxy. But a Jewish life that integrates secular beliefs. Halakhah with inclusion and egalitarianism. Tradition that recognizes the realities of today’s world. Masorti engages tens of thousands of Israelis each year, young and old, native born as well as olim from around the globe.
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