Jewish Renewal, which has blossomed during the last 20 years, includes communities and individuals engaged in studying and strengthening their Jewish identity and culture within a range of open and pluralistic programs. Activities include text study, celebration of the Jewish calendar and life cycle, and cultural events that explore the links between Jewish and Israeli identity. During the last decade, tens of thousands of people have participated in these activities.
Unfortunately, the programs have benefited only marginally from the support of governmental agencies—and as a result, many organizations are finding it difficult to keep their doors open, let alone expand their activities. In addition, despite the growing number of participants and organizations in the field, Israeli Jewish Renewal has never benefited from a strong media presence or wide public exposure, making it difficult to maximize its potential.
In order to improve this situation, AVI CHAI Israel has joined together with the Posen Foundation and the UJA Federation of New York to establish a new nonprofit organization—Shearim - Fulfilling Israeli Judaism—to engage stakeholders on issues relating to Jewish Renewal. The association will focus on generating broad-based support, building a strong media and public presence, and ensuring the availability of significant governmental and philanthropic resources for Jewish Renewal organizations—all stemming from our belief that Israeli Jewish Renewal is of supreme importance to a vibrant Jewish state.
For more information:
c/o AVI CHAI ISRAEL
Telephone: 02 6215330
Fax: 02 625331