IRAC goes back to court

Last week I asked you to support Christiane Amanpour covering gender segregation, and you did not disappoint. Thousands of you made it clear how important it is to cover this issue. This week, I need your help again before all of us at IRAC head back to the Israeli Supreme Court to continue fighting for Miri Gold to be the first reform rabbi recognized by the State of Israel.

Rabbi Miri GoldRabbi Miri Gold is one of 15 rabbis serving the Gezer Region. Fourteen of these rabbis, all Orthodox men, are recognized by the government and receive a government salary. Only Miri Gold receives neither government recognition nor support for her work.

We have been making slow but steady progress towards the recognition of her and all non-orthodox rabbis, but the last mile is the hardest. The State seems to think we will go away if they keep postponing a decision. We have to show them that they are wrong.

As we go back to court this week, I want all of our supporters around the world to help us keep pressure on Israel’s decision makers. For this week’s Action Alert, I want you to send an email to Minister Yakov Margi, from the Ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. He is the Minster for Religious Services and the one responsible for all the rabbis who are employed by the State. We need to flood his inbox with thousands of emails showing him that stalling is a tactic that will fail.

The full recognition of our rabbis and institutions is the foundation of our work. Rabbi Miri Gold has worked tirelessly to build her community in the Gezer region, and we all owe her the same commitment in fighting for her to be acknowledged as the rabbi of Congregation Birkat Shalom.

I know that when we walk into court on Wednesday, the strength of the thousands of voices will be behind us saying Miri Gold is our rabbi too.

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Anat Hoffman

About Anat Hoffman

Anat Hoffman is executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel.

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