Jewish Pluralism in Israel
Ratified at the WUJS Congressional Meeting held on December 31, 2017
This Congress notes...
- WUJS is a pluralistic organisation as defined by our constitution.
- In 2017 the Israeli Government reneged on a previously agreed upon compromise over how the Western Wall complex would be managed going forward. This compromise was made to address the serious inequalities faced by non-orthodox streams of Judaism at the Kotel.
- The only Jewish marriages that can be performed legally in this country are those performed under the auspices of the Ultra Orthodox Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
- Those who converted through batei dinim (Jewish courts of law) that are not recognised by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate are barred from getting married legally in Israel.
- Jewish IDF soldiers whose Judaism is questioned by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate might die in service but would be barred from being buried on Har Herzl.
- Paragraph 13 of the Declaration provides that the State of Israel would be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.
- The close alliance between religion and politics in this country has created laws that undermine democracy, human dignity and civil liberties.
- The rabbinic courts make miserable the lives of agunot - women who seek divorce from husbands that will not provide them with a get.
- The state continues to disregard its legal obligation to establish civil cemeteries.
- That the rights of observant Jews must be maintained and respected in order to protect their religious freedom. The Shabbat is precious to us all.
- There is no contradiction between the ability to uphold the Jewish character of Israel and the values of democracy, religious freedom and equality.
- To raise consciousness and public discourse on matters of Jewish pluralism in the State of Israel.
- To empower the WUJS Executive to release statements when issues of Jewish pluralism in Israel arise.
- To encourage WUJS member organisations to join WUJS in fighting for religious pluralism in Israel.
- To seek partnership with existing organisations fighting for religious pluralism in Israel including but not limited to the Jewish Agency for Israel, Hiddush, the Israeli Religious Action Center and the Forum for Equal Burden Sharing.