Jewish Leadership Statement on Inclusiveness, Diversity and Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Jewish Leadership Statement on Inclusiveness, Diversity and Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

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We, rabbis, communal leaders, Jewish professionals and activists of all denominations, serving the Jewish People around the world, join in voicing our support for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and for the values of Jewish inclusiveness and diversity.

We therefore reject the increasingly restrictive and exclusionary positions of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel as it casts aspersions on the legitimacy of many Jewish religious leaders, alienating them and their vast constituencies.

We call on the State of Israel to realize fully her own founding promise for Religious Freedom and Equality. We reject a Chief Rabbinate that causes deep rifts in the fabric of the Jewish People by its extremist policies and pronouncements and call on the State of Israel to revoke the powers of the Chief Rabbinate, which allow it coercively to undermine the wholeness of the Jewish People.

The vast majority of Israeli and Diaspora Jews look urgently to Israel to uphold the principles of religious freedom and equality.

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Jewish Leadership Statement on Inclusiveness, Diversity and Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

We, rabbis, communal leaders, Jewish professionals and activists of all denominations, serving the Jewish People around the world, join in voicing our support for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and for the values of Jewish inclusiveness and diversity.

We therefore reject the increasingly restrictive and exclusionary positions of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel as it casts aspersions on the legitimacy of many Jewish religious leaders, alienating them and their vast constituencies.

We call on the State of Israel to realize fully her own founding promise for Religious Freedom and Equality. We reject a Chief Rabbinate that causes deep rifts in the fabric of the Jewish People by its extremist policies and pronouncements and call on the State of Israel to revoke the powers of the Chief Rabbinate, which allow it to coercively undermine the wholeness of the Jewish People.

The vast majority of Israeli and Diaspora Jews look urgently to Israel to uphold the principles of religious freedom and equality.

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