Petition on Religious Pluralism in Israel sign now

We, the undersigned members of the Canadian Reform Jewish Community, wish to bring to your attention our deep concerns about recent events in Israel regarding religious pluralism. We, who are proud to support Israel as our religious homeland, feel strongly that we have the responsibility to voice our concern when something touches the heart of our beliefs as Jews.

Recent events in Israel point to a continuing bias towards the rights and wishes of the ultra-Orthodox minority at the expense of the majority. Whether through government legislation or through decisions by courts or tribunals, it appears that Israeli democracy is being eroded.

The most recent cause of concern is the interrogation of Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of The Israel Religious Action Center by Jerusalem police. She was threatened with arrest for violating the rules of conduct at what many consider to be Judaisms most sacred site. This was a pure act of intimidation and comes on the heels of the arrest of Nofrat Frankel at the Kotel for wearing a tallit and for holding a Sefer Torah. These actions are repugnant to many of us who believe Israel must be a religious pluralistic society.

These events are the continuation of a trend favoring ultra-Orthodoxy over other streams of Judaism, exemplified in incidents regarding the validity of conversions, rights of marriage and burial, segregated buses and other public spaces, and the use of parking garages on Shabbat. These issues constitute a growing religious crisis in Israel, which is as much a threat to Israels survival as are the external threats and perhaps more so. Protecting Israel from religious extremism may be the nations biggest challenge.

We urge you to convey to the Israeli government the need for equality for all streams of Judaism. There must be an end to laws and practices that legitimize abuse and discrimination against Jews who desire to express their Judaism or just want to live their lives in a manner contrary to the ultra-Orthodox minority.

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  • 08 January 2016500. Johanus H
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  • 22 December 2015499. Phyllis L
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  • 10 December 2015498. Jackie R
    What is happening in Israel is very disturbing. Help us have a voice like the Miriam and Esther and all of the other great women in the Torah. If not for me then for my daughter and their daughters.
  • 08 December 2015497. Joan S
    I respect all Orthodox Jewish groups and their way of life. I ask that they respect mine.
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  • 16 November 2015492. Dr Karenh
    Zealots do not build a diverse community
  • 17 October 2015491. Ra F
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  • 27 September 2015490. Paul G
    I find that it is becoming virtually impossible to remain a financial supporter of general Israeli-based fund raising activities such as the UJA and Israeli bonds. I will seek out more "friendly" targets for my support.
  • 05 September 2015489. Judi S
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  • 31 August 2015488. Diana M
    We are trying to right a wrong based on an ancient misunderstanding of the sanctity of women's biology and of their role in Judaism.
  • 29 August 2015487. Mary H
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  • 28 August 2015486. Glenda M
    Yes, for religious pluralism
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  • 07 July 2015480. Jerry U
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  • 22 June 2015479. Anne Slomandodim
    The women of Israel serve with the men of Israel in the military.Therefore they deserve and should receive equal treatment to be allowed to worship, how, where,and when they wish to.
  • 17 June 2015478. Steven D
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  • 02 June 2015477. James Ep
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  • 04 May 2015476. Karen G
    Whereas I can respect the right of ultra-orthodox Jews to make choices regarding how they live their lives, I am strongly offended when they judge more liberal Jews. Israel would not exist, would not have its strength, would not have deveoped its resource
  • 01 May 2015475. Ktobe Horn
    Internal exclusion and not recognizing other streams of Judaism and the female half of humanity will do more to reduce the presence of Judaism in the world than the hatred of other religions.
  • 23 April 2015474. Bernie F
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Her Excellency Miriam Ziv, Israeli Ambassador to Canada

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