New York, NY, May 29, 2012
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Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in the United States, wishes to express its heartfelt support for the decision by the State of Israel to recognize rabbis of the Conservative and Reform movements. The decision, rendered on Tuesday as a result of a seven year Supreme Court battle waged by Rabbi Miri Gold, allows for equal financing of non-Orthodox rabbis in regional councils and farming communities throughout the country, but so far does not extend to the larger cities. “This historical decision is an important first step toward the recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism by the State of Israel. There is still much work to be done, but it’s a big victory for pluralism and religious freedom in Israel,” said Ameinu President Kenneth Bob.
Ameinu is proud that Rabbi Gold, a long-time friend of the organization, will now be recognized as a “rabbi of a non-Orthodox community,” also becoming the first female rabbi to be recognized by the State of Israel. Ameinu wishes her Mazal Tov in her achievement and hopes that she will continue to be an inspiration to Jews of all religious streams both in Israel and abroad. “We salute the efforts of the Conservative and Reform movements and will continue to stand with you,” Bob added.
Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in the United Staes,is dedicated to promoting a negotiated peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, and to social and economic justice for all in Israel and America.
Ameinu reinforces Jewish continuity through support for Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist youth movement, and management of the Kibbutz Program Center which sends 100’s of young adults on unique Israel experiential journeys every year.