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Center for Judaism and State Policy

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

About

The Center for Judaism and State Policy promotes the basic values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and as a national home for the Jewish people by reshaping policies on issues relating to Judaism and state. The Center advances a liberal and pluralistic agenda through public advocacy, applied research, and issue-specific public campaigns.  

“Our goal is to generate change by creating and establishing new ideas, narratives, and policy directions, and adapting them into Israeli policymaking through actions in the Knesset, local municipalities, and public discourse. The Center’s work directly supports leading members of Knesset, policymakers, influencers, and activists in the field who are working to impact the public through legislation, equipping them with the tools for generating a public discourse that promotes liberal Judaism.” – Tani Frank, Director of Center for Judaism and State Policy 

The Center identifies, develops, and promotes solutions for issues related to the tension between Judaism and state in Israel, a democratic country with diverse populations.  Some of the most significant challenges to the success of the Jewish state in the 21st century emerge from the relationship between Judaism and state, including the authority of the Chief Rabbinate and its affiliates, their monopoly on religious services, and the alienation of liberal values by the religious establishment. Instead of Judaism being a source of connection and inspiration, Jewish identity has become a cause for struggle, generating social rifts within Israeli society and within the broader Jewish community.  

The Center for Judaism and State Policy advances an approach that generates solidarity among the various populations in Israel and the Jewish people around the world. The Center addresses a wide range of topics, including Shabbat in the public sphere, marriage in Israel, who is a Jew, and Judaism in the education system. Below is a selection of relevant content on these and other topics.  

Articles and Videos

Dec 29, 2022

Feb 25, 2022

Tani Frank, Director of Hartman's Center for Judaism and State Policy, discusses new conversion legislation in a conversation with journalist Yardena Schwartz.

Feb 1, 2022

Tani Frank, Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, discusses new legislation on the issue of conversion.

Convenings

  • Who Is a Jew, Law of Return, and Conversion Reform (July 2022) explored complex political, social, and religious issues that affect Jews all over the world, especially recent immigrants from Ukraine and Russia who came to Israel during this current war.  
  • Shabbat in the Public Sphere (November 2022) advocated for the decentralization of power to municipalities and regional authorities. (video in Hebrew) 
  • Judaism and State Issues in Light of the Judicial Overhaul (May 2023) explored through case studies of marriage and divorce how the legislative efforts of this coalition will impact marital status and other issues pertaining to the relationship between Judaism and state. 

Who We Are

Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy

Vice President, Director of the Center for Israeli & Jewish Identity

Director of Maskilot and Research Fellow

For More Information

For more information contact Tani Frank, Director of the Center for Judaism and State Policy
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