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Sunday, June 9 • 10:45am - 11:45am
A Jewish State - but how Jewish?

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Israel is the Jewish state, but what form should that take? In Israel, religion and state are closely intertwined and Jewish law governs many facets of life, from public transport to marriage and divorce. But the control wielded by the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) through the Rabbinate not only excludes non-Orthodox forms of Judaism but also serves to alienate regular Israelis from Judaism itself. For the first time in close to a decade, the Haredim are not in government. What impact will this have on issues of religion and state? What is being done to heal the major divisions between the religious and the secular? And, according to two leading activists in the field, how hopeful should we be about religious pluralism in Israel? 

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Mickey Gitzin

Mickey Gitzin is the Executive Director of Israel Hofshit ('Be Free Israel'), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Previously Mickey was the spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz). He was also a Project Director at European Friends of Israel and worked as the Associate Director of 'Festival Beshekel', which works to develop avenues for cultural and... Read More →
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Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and has been a leader and advocate on behalf of liberal Judaism in Israel since 1998. He has advanced legal and social activism on behalf of religious pluralism and social justice in Israeli society in diverse capacities. He is a board member of the Jewish Agency's Joint Institute for Jewish Studies and Hemdat: The Israel Association for the Promotion of Freedom of... Read More →

Sunday June 9, 2013 10:45am - 11:45am
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

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