Seeding the Field of Jewish Renewal in Israel

By Naamah Kelman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

The author, dean of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, describes how the UJA-Federation of New York and the national federation system were active and key supporters for the "building blocks" of the State of Israel. They had a key role in helping with the absorption of immigrants, the establishment of Israel's infrastructure, education, and welfare, and supporting Israel amidst the constant threat of war and terror. She describes how in the late 1980s North American federation monies were first directed toward supporting the liberal movements. Professional and lay American Jewish activists placed pressure on the Jewish Agency for Israel ( JAFI) to fund "streams" of Jewish affiliation, the Progressive and Masorati denominations in Israel. This pressure was a direct result of the battles surrounding the issue of "Who is a Jew," which galvanized the leadership of North American Jewry. JAFI funding helped further secure the Progressive and Masorati movements in Israel.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations, Masorti Judaism, Allocations, Conservative Judaism, Liberal Judaism, Religious Denominations, Renewal Judaism

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 81-83

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kelman, Naamah. Seeding the Field of Jewish Renewal in Israel. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 81-83. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8116


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