The Zacharias Frankel College, the Conservative/Masorti Rabbinical College in Potsdam, has ordained its first student, Rabbi Nitzan Stein Kokin on June 18th.
Please find more information, photos and articles on the Website of the Zacharias Frankel College.
We celebrated our annual summer party in the end of June 2017. Several hundred guests gathered in the garden where the children played games, had their faces painted, performed songs and dances (see picture) and all children, parents and guests enjoyed drinks and food over conversations.
Statement on Behalf of the Worldwide Masorti/Conservative Movement on the Israeli Government's Decision to Freeze Egalitarian Kotel Agreement
Following the announcement on Sunday, June 25th, that the Israeli government had frozen a plan to create an egalitarian prayer section of Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Conservative/Masorti movement, as represented by the Rabbinical Assembly, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, MERCAZ Olami, Masorti Olami and the Masorti movement in Israel, issued the following statement: In January 2016 the government of Israel signed an agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Only 17 months later, the very same government voted to suspend that compromise plan. The Conservative/Masorti movement, speaking as a whole, deplores this action, yet another failure to uphold an agreement reached after years of negotiations. Simultaneous to the government's reneging on the Kotel agreement, a new conversion bill is moving toward granting official authority for conversion in Israel to the Rabbanut (Chief Rabbinate), thus risking placing in its hands power over the Law of Return, as well. Such action always has been viewed as unwise and counter to both Zionist and democratic principles and would be disastrous for world Jewry for generations to come.
Because we love Israel and see the rising influence of an intolerant religious establishment as an existential threat to its future and to the unity of the Jewish people we will not rest until these decisions not only are overturned but also Israel fulfills the promise of its Zionist origins and founding declaration to "ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex" and to "guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture."
Israel: a homeland for ALL Jews? // call for action
Please read this open letter of the Masorti Leadership to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin about implementing the Kotel agreement in English or in Hebrew.
On the website of the Masorti Foundation in the US you can sign the letter.
The website for our interreligious Kindergarten project is now online and can be found here.
Voluntary Services with Masorti
Masorti Germany is happy to welcome volunteers from Belgium, Northern Ireland, Finland and Ukraine for a European Voluntary Service resp. Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr in 2016/2017!
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