Diversity and inclusivity among Jews

The purpose of this Resource page is to provide access to key resources on diversity and inclusivity among Jews, and related challenges of religion and state in Israel.

If you come across relevant articles, op eds, scholarly papers; audios, videos, etc. in Hebrew and/or English that you think may be helpful to our members or our wider readership, please let us know so we can look them over.

[button href=”http://rrfei.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Women-to-get-greater-representation-on-local-religious-councils-says-AG.pdf” target=”” css_classes=”e.g. button_hilite button_pale sm_button”]Article: ‘Women get greater representation on religious councils'[/button] Jerusalem Post, August, 2016, according to Hiddush, there are 49 women serving on 40 of the total 132 religious councils in the country, representing just under 17 percent of all council members.

[button href=”http://rrfei.org/resources/content/chief-rabbi-lau-slams-minister-bennett-winter-2015/” target=”” css_classes=”e.g. button_hilite button_pale sm_button”]Chief Rabbi Lau slams Minister Bennett, Winter 2015[/button] In Dec., 2015 Chief Rabbi Lau discussed Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Bennett’s trip to the USA. Rabbi Lau stated that Minister Bennett should have consulted with a rabbi before visiting a Conservative Jewish day school, which distances Jews from Judaism.

[button href=”http://rrfei.org/resources/content/giyur-khalacha-summer-2015/” target=”” css_classes=”e.g. button_hilite button_pale sm_button”]Giyur K’halacha, Summer 2015[/button] Giyur K’Halacha is a newly established network of independent rabbinical courts that is adjudicating conversions of qualifying individuals in accordance with Orthodox Jewish law. The project was formally launched by a group of Modern Orthodox activist organizations in August 2015. Click this button for media resources (English and Hebrew) related to its launch.

[button href=”http://rrfei.org/resources/content/supreme-court-ruling-on-mikvaot-2016/” target=”” css_classes=”e.g. button_hilite button_pale sm_button”]Supreme Court ruling on mikvaot, 2016[/button] On February 11, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Rubinstein accepted stated that the fact that non-Orthodox conversions have still not been incorporated into the State Conversion System does not justify that non-Orthodox converts and Batei Din are denied entry into State-funded Mikva’ot.

[button href=”http://rrfei.org/resources/western-wall/” target=”” css_classes=”e.g. button_hilite button_pale sm_button”]Western Wall[/button] Click here for sources related to the Western Wall agreement between the Israeli government, the Women of the Wall, and the non-Orthodox denominations.