Who we are – At the Forefront of Reform Judaism in Israel
The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism was founded in 1991 by a group of leaders with a vision for a modern Israel grounded in pluralism and egalitarianism. They recognized the growing need to provide a Jewish home for countless Israelis who were deeply connected to the Jewish tradition yet were not Orthodox in their values or practice. Over the last thirty years the Daniel Centers has become one of the leading Reform organizations in Israel and we continue in our vision to promote and renew Jewish spirit in the Jewish state. We have become the lighthouse for thousands of Israelis who seek to celebrate their tradition in a place that also speaks to their values of egalitarianism and inclusivity.
Our leadership has a proven track record of stability and professionalism.
Our senior Rabbi Meir Azari has a long history serving the movement. Previously he was the CEO of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and he served for two years as the Chair of the Reform Rabbinical Association in Israel (Maram). In 1991 he was appointed Senior Rabbi of Beit Daniel Congregation. Under his leadership, one congregation has grown into The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism which today includes five kehilot throughout Tel Aviv-Jaffa, including the Mishkenot Ruth Daniel guesthouse and seminar center.
Our associate Rabbi Galia Sadan has worked at Beit Daniel since 2004. Beforehand she held positions at Ahvat Israel Congregation in Rishon Letzion and at Kol HaNeshama in Jerusalem. Rabbi Sadan runs our conversion program, the largest government recognized non-Orthodox program in Israel. She is also the first woman to serve as Em Beit Ha-Din, head of the Rabbinical Court, of Maram, the Reform rabbinical union in Israel.
Our other congregations are served by rabbis from diverse backgrounds and who bring unique qualities and abilities to their communities. The growth of their communities, alongside their professional growth, are front and center in our priorities as we seek to strengthen egalitarian Judaism in Israel.
We are grateful to be supported by dedicated lay leaders, a Board of Directors in Israel as well as by the Friends of Beit Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism, a 501c3 located in Maryland, USA.
Our initiatives are “calls to action” and serve the diverse needs of the changing face of Israeli society. For example, our J-Education programs are for every age. We provide Judaic education and teacher training in the Tel Aviv-Yafo public school system, which is supported by the Ministry of Education.
We bridge community and celebrate our cultural diversity, in our successful Embracing our Differences (Shonim B’yachad) Shonim B’yahad: Embracing Our Differences – The Daniel Centers program, an artistic educational project in multi-faith schools to endow the values of equality, tolerance and inclusion of each other, by recognizing our shared humanity.
For three decades we have worked the front lines – alongside our peers, and partners in Israel and abroad including, the World Zionist Conference (WZC), and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), The Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and many more. We hosted their international conferences with hundreds of attendees, as well as for the International Cantors Assembly, the North American Rabbinical Assembly, and the North American Reform Rabbis.
This all happened because of you: Our friends from far and wide. The next few years are critical for Israeli society and our global Jewish family. Join us as we continue to change the face of Israeli society, by building an Israel grounded in fairness and equality.