Urgent Update on Anti-Semitism in Hungary and the effect on Masorti Jewish life
The entire Hungarian Jewish community, including Masorti institutions there, is fast becoming a victim of the upsurge in nationalism and rising anti-Semitism that is flourishing in Hungary.
In 2001, MAROM Olami (Masorti young adult program), opened a program for young Jewish adults in Hungary, concentrating on strengthening Jewish and Zionist identity, developing young leadership and addressing the needs of the next generation of Jews.
The program is based out of Siraly, a three-story building in the heart of what used to be Budapest's Jewish quarter. Siraly is home to a club/pub that is a gathering place for the younger Jewish community that runs a range of activities for young Jewish adults. They are also fighting against Anti-Semitism and other kinds of discrimination by supporting worthwhile civic initiatives. The community center also serves the Dor Hadash Masorti synagogue.
Unfortunately, Siraly and MAROM Budapest's (Masorti young adult program) continued operation is now under threat. Recently, The Forward reported on the closing of Siraly but we are determined to keep the program going.
With your support we can find another location for Siraly that will make it possible to sustain Masorti Jewish life in Hungary for the next generation and beyond.
|Masorti Olami Issues Statement about Circumcision Ban In Germany|
The decision of a court in Cologne, Germany to outlaw the circumcision of newborn boys has outraged the Jewish community all over the world. With the support of the Masorti German Jewish community, the Rabbinical Assembly and Masorti Europe, a statement was issued calling for the "Government of Germany to quickly work to reverse this grievous course of curtailing religious freedoms and dictating fundamental actions of faith communities."
The statement was then translated into German, French, Spanish and Polish and received media coverage on several blogs and newspapers.
The Jerusalem Post recently published an article about the recent introduction in Berlin of a law to legalize circumcision in Germany in response to the public outcry of the worldwide Jewish community.
WZO Vaad Hapoel Meetings
The Masorti Olami/Mercaz Olami opening evening for the WZO meetings was held on a warm Jerusalem evening at the new Schechter Institute Building. Looking around the room, you could see supporters of our movement from all around the world. It was the perfect opportunity to honor three special people - Rabbi Yoav Ende (top left), Mrs. Evelyn Seelig (top right) and Mr. Claude Machline (bottom left). All three of our honorees work tirelessly to support our movement and our message.
During the WZO meetings, an instrumental part of what we accomplished was the agreement between the WZO and KKL which assures the stability of our religious pluralistic stream funding for the next five years.
As well, the work of the Abuyadaya in Uganda was presented by our own Judy Gray in the small community committee of the Board of Governors meeting of the Jewish Agency. This report was very well received and is an important step in helping the members of that community, who were converted by Masorti rabbis, participate in MASA Israel programs.
Mission to Ukraine
The Masorti Olami and Schechter Institute Mission to Ukraine started yesterday. 45 participants from 5 different countries have made their way to Ukraine for a 7 day program in Odessa and Kiev looking at the history and future of Jewish life in Ukraine. The highlight of the mission will be spending Shabbat with 45 Ukrainian families from Masorti communities around Ukraine, followed by the Installation Ceremony of Rabbi Reuven Stamov (pictured here with his wife Lena) which will take place in Kiev on Sunday, July 15th. Go to Masorti Olami's Facebook page to see daily updates from the Mission.
Kiyum Leadership Institute - December 24 - 31, 2012
Masorti Olami is pleased to announce the 3rd Kiyum Leadership Institute Seminar. Aimed at developing knowledge, practice and understanding of the Conservative/ Masorti Movement, this 8 day educational seminar in Israel will educate and inspire young Masorti adults from around the world. The Kiyum Institute will bring together 25 young Masorti adults from Europe, Latin America, North America and Israel, who are actively involved in Conservative/Masorti communities in the MAROM age group of 22-32.
The Kiyum Institute is a vibrant, dynamic and motivating experience for like-minded young Conservative/Masorti Jews from different countries.