The American Hebrew Academy, a Jewish pluralistic boarding school in Greensboro, North Carolina, has closed effective immediately due to financial issues.
Finkelstein “urged” the PM to make this issue a priority, “along with completing the work on the Kotel you had committed to, making an egalitarian prayer space with a unified entrance a reality.”
Director of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel Dr. Yizhar Hess said in response that it would be “unthinkable” to close the central Western Wall plaza for so long.
The report says it is the first time Israel’s relationship with Diaspora Jews generally, and American Jews specifically, has been comprehensively reviewed through the lens of national security.
A survey found that 81 percent of American Jews feel same or more positively towards Israel over last 5-10 years, and that 65 percent are largely unaware of controversies over religious pluralism.
If Israel truly is a Jewish democracy, it should honor and respect not only the haredi minority, but also the growing non-Orthodox minority who identify with progressive Judaism.
This move comes in light of the ongoing rift between the pluralist party and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat over Barkat’s proposed master- neighborhoods plan.