Religious pluralism and tolerance are increasingly challenged in Israel. Gender segregation and civil marriage are making front-page headlines. NIFC responds by focusing on religious diversity and freedom, valuing the streams of religious practice in one of the most religiously diverse nations on earth. NIFC believes that a tolerant Israel is a more socially cohesive Israel.
New Israel Fund of Canada
Religious Pluralism & Tolerance Projects in 2013
The Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem with BINA
BINA BaShchuna (BINA in the Neighborhood) with BINA
Kehilat Shirat HaYam-Carmel with Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Beit Hillel
Spotlight on> BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture
With BINA, the New Israel Fund of Canada supports educational activities that allow young Israelis to deepen their knowledge of Jewish texts, literature and culture. The BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture is one of Israel’s leading organizations at the intersection of Jewish pluralism and social justice, offering secular young adults a vital option to explore their Jewish and Zionist identities.
This year, the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Jerusalem (JSY) has grown the tradition they began last year of the weekly or bi-weekly “Chafla” celebration of Jewish culture – evenings filled with Jewish learning, music, and culture that take place at the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva and other venues throughout Jerusalem. JSY also conducted the first “Neighborhood Stories” project in Ein Kerem, in which Secular Yeshiva students collected the oral histories of dozens of local veteran residents and compiled them into a “Neighborhood Stories” booklet which was launched at a festive public event that drew over 100 local residents.