Masorti Foundation

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The purpose and mission of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism is to support the work of Israelis in building a Judaism that preserves observance and tradition while recognizing how modern life in Israel is lived. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the Masorti Movement—young and old, native-born and immigrants, men and women, able and disabled—are engaged in building communities that embody a democratic vision of Jewish life in Israel. Their spirit is pioneering, combining modern Israeli life with traditional Jewish belief, while promoting equality and inclusion–entirely in keeping with our Mission Statement. Through education, through the exchange of ideas, through advocacy and, crucially, through financial of support of the Masorti Foundation, Conservative Jews in the United States can participate in this historic and vital enterprise. We are enriched by the opportunities to learn from one another, to support one another and to speak in one voice: the voice of the Jewish People.

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Petitioning Benjamin Netanyahu, Aryeh Deri

Equal Treatment for Yosef Kibita and Ugandan Jews in Israel

We the undersigned write out of grave concern for Israel and the Jewish people, and because of our passionate belief in a democratic State of Israel as a homeland for all Jews. The recent decision of Israel’s Interior Ministry to deny the request of Yosef Kibita of the Jewish Abayudaya community in Uganda to make Aliyah, and the decision to deny recognition of the Abayudaya as a “recognized” Jewish community, violate Israeli law and Zionist principles.  Under the law, a convert may make Aliyah if he or she is a member of a Jewish community recognized by one of the three principal streams of the Jewish religion and/or by the Jewish Agency for Israel.  In the case of the Abayudaya, they are a recognized community by the Jewish Agency, as well as by Masorti Olami, Masorti Israel and the Conservative Movement. These actions must not stand as they threaten Israeli democracy and unity of the Jewish people. We therefore call upon the Israeli government to apply the law guided by the core Jewish values of Tzedek (justice), Rachamim (compassion) and Klal Yisrael (unity).  We urge you to immediately issue a statement of policy affirming the law and these eternal principles.  Moreover, that you provide all bodies of the State of Israel with clear guidance so that individuals of all denominations and from all regions of the world -- including Yosef Kibita and the Abayudaya -- can be welcomed to Israel to visit, to study and to join with fellow Israelis through Aliyah.           

Masorti Foundation
7,266 supporters