Natan Sharansky Applauds Government of Israel’s Recognition of Reform and Conservative Rabbis

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Jewish Agency’s Chairman of the Executive says decision by the Israeli government to recognize rabbis from Reform and Conservative movements represents another step towards Jewish unity.

The government's decision to recognize Reform and Conservative leaders gives official recognition the these dynamic community leaders and rabbis who work tirelessly to build vibrant Zionist and Jewish communities throughout Israel.

Declaring it another step towards Jewish unity, Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel has released the following statement on the decision by the Government of Israel to recognize Reform and Conservative rabbis and community leaders:

“The government’s decision to recognize Reform and Conservative leaders gives official recognition to these dynamic community leaders and rabbis who work tirelessly to build strong and vibrant Zionist and Jewish communities throughout Israel,” said Sharansky, whose organization is the only platform where all the streams of Judaism and Jewish organizations from around the world sit together at one table with the Israeli government—a table where the positions and views of community representatives and the various streams are expressed and influence issues facing the Jewish world and Israel.

“I believe this decision has both practical and symbolic importance, Sharansky added. “It contributes significantly to the strengthening of the relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel. The Jewish Agency sees this decision as a bridge and as another step towards bringing unity to the Jewish people.”

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