Jewish Pluralism in Jerusalem

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 Jewish Pluralism in Jerusalem


Need: Despite numerous and thriving community, educational and cultural organizations that celebrate the city’s Jewish diversity, tensions between secular and ultra-Orthodox expressions of Judaism in the public sphere has increased significantly. Since what happens in Jerusalem affects Jews worldwide, it is imperative to ensure that Jerusalem’s pluralistic elements maintain their place in the public sphere, before polarizing trends grow too strong, alienating Jews near and far.

Response: The Jerusalem Foundation supports organizations and institutions that seek to build an innovative, collaborative model of Jewish renewal and pluralism that will reinvigorate a sense of communal and national belonging among the city's diverse population. Initiatives include:

  • Yeru-ShalemCoalition advances: (a) Shabbat Initiative, activities in public spaces on Shabbat; (b) Strengthening the City’s Pluralist Public Voice with a wide coalition of public organizations and institutions; (c) Changing Jerusalem’s image to one of a pluralist city in the eyes of its residents, Israeli citizens.
  • The Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva(JSY) examines the process of secularization – Jewish and general – as a subject and as a world view, via textual study from the Bible and modern Hebrew literature, and nurturing a deep connection to Jerusalem as the cultural and spiritual center of the Jewish people throughout the generations.
  • This is Jerusalem seeks to promote Jerusalem Day as a potentially powerful focal point for celebrating pluralism and tolerance in Jerusalem, through encounters, guided tours, exhibitions, culinary events, joint prayer, family and cultural events and more.

Impact: “Families in Nayot would like to see more events of this nature on Shabbatot, Such events contribute in general to secular community life in Jerusalem and particularly to the community in our neighbourhood,” on an event of the Yerushalem Coalition.

Population Served:  Secular, traditional and religious Jews, children, youth and adults.