Historic Decision in Israel: Rabbi Miri Gold Recognized by State
Barbara Kavadias or Rabbi Daniel Allen
York, May 29, 2012--- Israeli Reform Rabbi Miri Gold will be the first
non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel, under a ruling today by
the Israel Attorney General. Rabbi Gold, who first heard the news on the radio
said, "This is a big step for religious pluralism and democracy in
Israel. Israeli Jews want religious alternatives and with this decision
the State is starting to recognize this reality. There is more than one way to
be Jewish, even in Israel."
success is success for all of us. With patience and perseverance, we will build
an inclusive democratic Israeli society," said Rabbi Daniel Allen,
Executive Director of ARZA; The Reform Israel Fund. ARZA is the major American
Reform Movement funder of the Israel Religious Action Center, an arm of the
Israel Reform Movement, that brought the case to court six years ago.
"Israel's Declaration of Independence guaranteed religious freedom, it has
to be that this freedom is for all Israeli's, Jewish as well as Christian and
Muslim. This decision brings us closer to the day where this will be the
reality in Israel rather than the ideal."
is a watershed moment for the Reform Movement and for religious pluralism in
Israel," stated President of the Union for Reform Judaism Rabbi Rick Jacobs. "Mazel tov to Rabbi Gold
and the many activists who work so diligently to ensure the eventual and
thorough embrace of liberal Judaism in Israel."
ruling in this case follows other successes by the Israel Religious Action
Center including the placement of a Reform Rabbi in Mevasseret on the Religious
Council there, the finding that forced gender segregation on public
transportation is discrimination and prohibited, and the allocation of pre-fab
units to non-Orthodox congregations for synagogue buildings.
Gold is also available for interviews. Contact Barbara Kavadias at ARZA for
ARZA, The Reform Israel Fund, is the Israel
voice of the Reform Movement in the United States, and seeks to make Israel
fundamental to the sacred lives and Jewish identities of Reform Jews. ARZA
champions and supports activities that help build an inclusive and democratic
Israeli society. Find out more at www.arza.org.
Conference Call with Reform Rabbi Miri Gold: the First Non-Orthodox Rabbi to be Paid by the State of Israel