For the full document, press here: 20171005 GOI Structure V-a-V Jewish World

In this paper, the Reut Institute maps out the relationship between different official
agencies of the State of Israel and World Jewry, and presents the conclusions and
recommendations derived from this. This paper follows the conceptual framework that
Reut published in March 2017, which predicted the current “perfect storm” in the
relationship between Israel and World Jewry.
The Reut Institute believes that the relationship with World Jewry should be
defined by the Government of Israel (GOI) as a national security issue. However,
there is no clear national security strategy that deals with this issue, and as a
result, Israel does not have any clear policy regarding this relationship.
Since 2008, the Reut Institute has been promoting the concept of Jewish peoplehood in
Israel and worldwide through innovative research and programs.

See also our paper on the proposed Agenda of the 21st Century on this issue

The Reut Institute thanks Mr. Amnon and Dr. Katie Rodan for their generous support of this work.20171007_132529


This paper proposes an updated agenda for the relationship between World Jewry
and the State of Israel that fully expresses the character of Israel as the nation-state
of the Jewish People. The context for this agenda and the sense of urgency that
propelled its formulation is the ‘perfect storm’ that erupted in June 2017, which is
disrupting this historic relationship.
This agenda is based on the conceptual framework published by the Reut Group in
March 2017 and was developed with the generous and visionary support of Katie
and Amnon Rodan. Our hope is that it will be discussed, improved and eventually
embraced by the Government of Israel and World Jewry leadership.

For the paper press on the link below: 20171007_125534

20171005 – Israel-World-Jewry New Agenda – final

The world is changing fast, but Jewish institutions? Less so.

Today the Jewish world is experiencing a decline in old models of Jewish legacy institutions. This decline poses a new challenge to Jewish communities in the United States and elsewhere. In our recent paper, we argue that the traditional mediators must be updated, and that we also need new and fresh mediators that can promote the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora.

Old Models of Jewish Legacy Institutions No Longer Working, Experts Say

Read more in our research paper: www.reutgroup.org/…/20170331-Reut-Nation-State-English-FINA…

Today it was announced that the government promised $5 million to renovate and expand the egalitarian prayer space at the Davidson Archaeological Center next to Robinson’s Arch. This money won’t solve the Kotel Crisis. Even if the government rescinded the cancellation today, and reinstated the Kotel Compromise in full, it would not resolve the deep division that this crisis exposed between Israel and Diaspora Jews. This crisis is not just about prayer arrangements at the Kotel. It is about the relationship between Israel the Jewish People, and the State of Israel’s role as the nation state of the entire Jewish People.

Israel must redefine and reexamine its status and role as the nation state of the entire Jewish people. The longer Israeli society avoids this conversation, the more likely we are to experience further crises and events like the cancellation of the Kotel Compromise.

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In the past several weeks, we’ve seen sharp reactions from Jewish communities throughout the world, following the Israeli government’s decision to cancel the Kotel Compromise. The cancellation of the Kotel Compromise, the Conversion Bill, and the Rabbinate’s Blacklist of Diaspora rabbis, are not just insults to the Reform or Conservative movements, or even just American Jews. These events cause serious damage to the relationship between the State of Israel and the Jewish People. Diaspora Jews, in the US, France, and Britain, the three largest communities in the Diaspora, all see these developments as a serious blow to Israel’s ability to to be the national home of the Jewish People, and even as a “desecration of God’s name.”

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This time its clear that the fault line runs between Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the spiritual leadership of all Diaspora Jews – not just Reform and Conservative Jews. The list includes Orthodox Jews as well, including Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, CEO of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Together with the collapse of the Kotel Compromise two weeks ago, the blacklist is more than just another symbol of Israel distancing itself from Diaspora Jews. It is proof that the State of Israel directly damages the cohesion and prosperity of the Jewish People. It is proof that Israel’s institutions refuse to consider Jews living outside of Israel, and that Israel’s actions damage the network of communities and spiritual leadership of the Jewish People.

For thousands of years the network of the Jewish People was key to its survival and prosperity. The State of Israel was created in order to protect the prosperity and cohesion of the Jewish People. Today, it acts in complete contrast to the original vision of its founders, and strengthens deep divisions within the Jewish People.

Israeli society must continue to ask itself: How can the State of Israel serve the entire Jewish People?

It’s not about the wall.

On June 26, Naftali Bennett, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, released a video (in Hebrew) explaining the cancellation of the Kotel Compromise, intending to calm the storm. Bennett calmly explained that although the compromise was cancelled, men and women could still pray together at Robinson’s Arch, and so there was no big deal. As Bennett said: “Is this a tragedy of all generations? No.”

Bennett was right. Reform and Conservative Jews can still pray at Robinson’s Arch, according to their custom. But the cancellation of the Kotel Compromise is an issue that cuts much deeper at the heart of the Jewish People: Israelis don’t care about egalitarian prayer at the Kotel, and don’t understand the needs of Diaspora Jews, or the ways Israeli policy influences Diaspora Jewish identity.

Bennett’s second response (in English) on June 27, understood this difference. Bennett admitted that “mistakes have been made,” declared that American Jews “are our brothers” and that they are “a fundamental pillar of the State of Israel.” Bennett went on to promise to engage in dialogue with Diaspora Jewish leaders.

Dialogue is a good start. But in order to fully embody its role as the nation state of the Jewish People, a real appreciation of the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora must be integrated into Israeli policy and national identity.