This is the usual stuff from the Chief Rabbinate about the growing non-Orthodox movements in Israel. But it tells you that Israeli Reform and Conservative movements are growing if he feels the need to make these kinds of terrible statements. It does mean that we here in North America must continue to support progressive Judaism in Israel. Join ARZA that supports Reform Judaism in Israel and was instrumental in fighting the Rotem Conversion Bill in the Knesset. Visit Israel. Spend time there. Pray in Israeli Reform congregations. This is how we will help Reform Judaism thrive there.
Chief rabbi laments growing non-Orthodox communities in Israel.
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Thursday expressed concern that
Reform Jews are taking over Israel, in comments he wrote to mark the
Jewish month of Elul.
“Those who call themselves liberals and reformers and their friends and
supporters” brought us to “our spiritual low point,” in which violence
is rampant immodesty is acceptable, and assimilation is at a high even
in Israel, he wrote.
“They now have their claws in the nation of Zion, and are trying to
impose the lifestyle of other nations on us. They established legions of
warriors in the Land of Israel, whose purpose is to remove Torah from
The chief rabbi added that every Jew must try to influence Knesset
members and ministers, and pray for these “lost sons to return to the
right path,” because they are “our brothers, our flesh and blood, even
if they are our rivals.”
Yizhar Hess, Director of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, said:
“Rabbi Amar is correct. Non-Orthodox Judaism – conservative and reform –
have a real place in Israeli society. Hundreds of communities throughout
Israel are learning that the Orthodox monopoly will crash…because it
became irrelevant for a growing public.”