New Research on Equality and Pluralism in Israel
Recently Hiddush and the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) published fascinating research on the society Israelis desire. Hiddush’s marriage survey and JPPI’s Pluralism Index validated what we at the Daniel Centers experience every day in Tel Aviv-Jaffa:
60% of secular Israelis identify with the phrase, “I prefer synagogues where men and women have mixed prayers.” And 72% of Jewish Israelis support the statement that every resident [of Israel] has the right to get married in Israel with whomever he chooses, in whatever way he chooses, and according to his beliefs.
Oftentimes, we — and you living outside of Israel — become disheartened when we see efforts to thwart pluralism, equality and tolerance. These findings should encourage us and propel us to fight harder. Israelis need only the right opportunities to explore their Jewish identity and engage in modern, progressive Jewish life.
This is why the Daniel Centers matters.
For over 25 years we have been on the frontline building bridges between the Reform Movement and Israelis. Every day we see Israelis longing for a Judaism that is more welcoming and inclusive. It is because of your support that we can be there every dayto meet their needs through education, conversions, weddings and other life cycle events.
As Israel enters into her 69th year, we at the Daniel Centers promise to forge forward in making Israel the most just, equitable and fair country it can be. Please consider a donation today so we can be there every day.
Rabbi Meir Azar