Einat Wilf 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Jewish people from around the world joined a Knesset meeting titled “A new
paradigm for relations between Israel and the Jewish people” on Tuesday, as
webinar technology was used in the Knesset for the first time.
meeting, called by Knesset Subcommittee on Israel and the Jewish People
chairwoman MK Einat Wilf (Independence), featured representatives from the
Jewish Agency, Foreign Ministry, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Ministry and
others, who discussed changes and developments in the relations between Israel
and Diaspora Jewry.
Wilf said technology and globalization transformed
the way people communicate, challenging the relevancy and appropriateness of the
old relationship between Israel and the Jewish People.
She then pointed
out that dozens of Jews around the world, including New York, Paris, Munich and
other cities, were watching the meeting on their computer screens, and could
send questions and comments.
One of the central issues debated in the
meeting was conversion.
MK Haim Amsalem, a rabbi and the author of a book
on the Jewish laws of conversion, said the chief rabbinate’s current policies
are stricter than necessary and have “almost closed the door” for those with one
Jewish parent who want to join the Jewish people.