The Masorti Movement in Israel

By Yizhar Hess

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2007

Israel has changed significantly in the thirty years that have elapsed since the Masorti (Conservative) movement took root in the Jewish State. Today more than ever, secular Jews demonstrate their commitment to traditional Jewish practices without any affiliation with Orthodoxy. Now is the time for the Masorti movement to make its case to the Israeli people, not by identifying with the well-known but not well-populated Reform movement but by continuing to connect non-orthodox Israeli Jews with a Judaism that is both traditional and egalitarian, both religious and modern. Orthodoxy, Reform, Secular Culturalism, and Post-Denominationalist Judaism have failed to capture the Israeli imagination; however, the Masorti movement is perfectly aligned to bring meaning and spirituality to a majority of Israelis.

Topic: Culture, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Religious Denominations, Religion, Secularism

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Potok, Rena

Volume/Issue: Vol. 71/No. 2

Page Number(s): 42-54

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hess, Yizhar. The Masorti Movement in Israel. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2007: 42-54. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5881


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