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Center for Judaism & State Policy: Advocating Change in Israeli Law

The thinkers and lobbyists who are advocating for legislation shaped by Jewish values, and lobbying Israeli policy makers and legislators.

In the Jewish state, how do we balance religion and democracy? Israelis must navigate that tension to produce legislation on a range of topics that profoundly affect the lives of all citizens.

The Center for Judaism and State Policy at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem is leading the way: developing position papers shaped by Jewish values, advocating for legislation, and lobbying Israeli policy makers and legislators. Together, this work promises to shape the State of Israel into a more Jewish and more democratic country.

Meet the thinkers and lobbyists who are crafting these positions and bringing them to Israeli government officials. Get a behind the scenes look at the complex issues facing the State of Israel and learn how change is affected in Israeli policy and governmental circles.

Conversion Policy

How does one become a Jew? The issue of conversion in Israel has significance beyond personal identity – it impacts a convert’s status in marriage registration, the status of one’s children, and even the location of one’s burial plot. And yet, Israel has no laws governing conversion. That may soon change.

Watch Tani Frank, Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy, discuss new legislation on the issue of conversion, and get a front row seat to the legislative process as we help shape Israel into a more Jewish and democratic nation. On Thursday, February 17 journalist Yardena Schwartz will be in conversation with Tani Frank about the exciting new conversion reform legislation being proposed in the Knesset and his plans to help secure its passage despite intense opposition.

We are grateful to the Triguboff Institute for their partnership and support of this work.

May 26, 2024

Strengthening Jewish unity in Israel and the world by reshaping the policies of the State of Israel on issues of State and Judaism. 

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