Rising Streams: Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations consulted throughout the research process: Rabbi Gilad Kariv, CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, Dr. Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, Rabbi Danny Freelander, President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Yisrael Pat, Legal Counsel for the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Rabbi Uri Regev, CEO of HIDDUSH, Orly Erez Kahovsky, the Head of the Legal Department at IRAC (Israel Religious Action Center), Harel Goldberg, Legal Counsel for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, Founder and Director of ITIM, Amanda Borschel-Dan, Jewish World Correspondent for the Times of Israel, Rabbi Meir Azari, the Director of Beit Daniel (Tel Aviv), Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, Professor Benjamin Ish Shalom, President of NATIV, the National Institute for Identity and Conversion and President of the Morashah Institute, Rabbi Yishaya Horowitz from Arachim, Rabbi Peretz Rodman, Av Beit Din of the Masorti Beit Din of Israel, Dr. Eitan Chikli, CEO of the TALI Educational Fund, Ranit Hyman, CEO of Meitraim, Ilana Abu Golan who heads the education department at Oranim College, Yuval Seri, who oversees Israeli Jewish Culture Education in the public school system for the Education Ministry, Mickey Gitzin, (formerly) CEO of “Be Free Israel” (Israel Hofsheet) and a member of the Tel Aviv City Council, Inbar Oren, Director of Havaya, Michal Berman, CEO of PANIM, Yotam Brom, of PANIM, Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Director of ARZA, Dr. Rachel Werczberger, an expert on Jewish Renewal at Ariel University, representatives of KOLECH (Religious Women’s Forum) and of Shatil, which advances women on religious councils, as well as members of different municipal religious councils (who asked not to be named).

Special thanks to my colleagues at JPPI for their support, guidance, and assistance throughout the process of compiling this report.

This study was written as a part of the Jewish People Policy Institute’s Project on Jewish Pluralism, headed by JPPI Senior Fellow Shmuel Rosner, and with the support of the William Davidson Foundation.

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