The Masorti Movement is a pluralistic, religious movement in Israel affiliated with Masorti/ Conservative Judaism around the world.
Masorti means traditional. Founded in 1979, the Masorti Movement is the umbrella organization of Masorti kehillot (congregations or communities) which aim to promote a healthy, pluralistic, spiritual and ethical foundation for Israeli society. Masorti Judaism is guided by halakhah, combining Jewish law and tradition with an open approach to scholarship, Jewish life, Zionism, and the ideals and values of each new generation.
Approximately 50,000 Israelis are members and affiliates of our kehillot and national programs, which engage 125,000 Israelis each year. More than sixty percent of the Masorti community are native-born Israelis or come from countries where English is not the native tongue. The Masorti Movement is deeply involved in the absorption of new olim, immigrants. Masorti's inclusive and pluralistic approach is attractive to many olim who might otherwise take little interest in Judaism. Many Masorti kehillot operate special programmes for olim, as well as programmes run by NOAM and Marom.
The Masorti Movement in Israel comprises over 50 kehillot and havurot, the Religious Affairs Bureau, a kibbutz, a moshav, the NOAM youth movement, IDF Garinim (Masorti groups in the army), the MAROM students and young adults organization, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for Special Needs Children, regional and local educational learning centers for adults as well as pre-school programs, as well as ongoing synagogue services, events, and social activities. We continue to progress in the fields of family education and leadership and community development.
Legal advocacy is another role of the Movement, which represents the religious rights of Masorti and Conservative Judaism before the Israeli establishment, including government ministries, the Supreme Court, and municipalities.
The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism supports the work of the Masorti Movement, raising funds to enable the Movement to further its activities in Israel. For more detailed information, please read the latest updates from the Masorti Movement's main website. The Foundation also serves as the Movement's voice to Canadian media public officials, and Jewish leadership.
Your generous donations will help the Masorti Movement in Israel and its related institutions to strengthen the Masorti Movement and achieve our shared vision of a religiously tolerant, pluralistic Israeli society. Masorti needs you to give generously. Please do it now. You can click here to make your donation through CanadaHelps.org or send your cheque to The Canadian Foundation for Masorti Judaism, 1000 Finch Avenue West, Suite # 508, Toronto, ON M3J 2V5. For more information and answers to your questions please call us as 416.667.1717 or 866.357.3384 (toll-free). All donations receive a Canadian tax receipt.
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