New report by the Reut Group calls for revival of Jewish community relations field due to its crucial role in fighting contemporary anti-Semitism and the boycott movement

Tel Aviv — The Reut Group’s Firewall Israel team is pleased to announce the release of its November 2018 report, “The New Frontiers of Community Relations: A Conceptual Framework” (click here to view report).

The report argues that strengthening the community relations field is the key to addressing challenges within the Jewish community as well as the most effective platform for combating contemporary anti-Israel movements.

The growing rift between Israel and world Jewry has significantly contributed to the erosion of Jewish communal cohesion and increasing polarization of the US Jewish community. This rift undermines the political strength and efficacy of the Jewish community by increasingly jeopardizes Israel’s bi-partisan status. Moreover, American Jews increasingly see threats to Israel’s legitimacy as a scare tactic used by Israel to avoid criticism or simply not relevant to the concerns of the American Jewish community.

According to the CEO of the Reut Group, Eran Shayshon, the irony is that, “This happens when a noteworthy cohort of Jews are experiencing anti-Semitism from the left for the first time. By-side a clear call to the Government of Israel to internalize that most Jewish criticism comes from a feeling of belonging and responsibility, we argue that some anti-Israel activity in the U.S is deeply rooted in anti-Semitism, and if not contained, will eventually manifest as a direct threat  to the Jewish community.”

Shayshon said, “This challenge creates a unique opening to reconnect across dividing lines within the Jewish community and to re-engage with Israel in new and innovative ways.”

This Reut report aims to elevate the community relations field at large, and was written following a partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).

The Reut Group is a strategy and leadership group, founded by Gidi Grinstein, that focuses on making sense of the fundamental challenges facing Israel and world Jewry and leading transformative social change. To learn more about Reut, visit our website and follow us on social media.

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Harvey Part II

בחלק השני של פרק 5 נעסוק בהוריקן הארווי מההיבט של חוסן ושל עמיות יהודית.
כיצד ניתן להתכונן טוב יותר לסופה, מה קשר הקהילה ומוסדות הקהילה לכך? האם יהדות ישראל עושה מספיק כדי לסייע ליהדות ארה”ב? ואם לא, אז למה לא?
לינק לתרומות לקהילה היהודית של יוסטון –

(הפרק הוקלט לפני הוריקן אירמה)

הוריקן הארווי – חלק א

הפעם אנחנו מדברים על הוריקן הארווי שהכה שבוע שעבר בחופי טקסס ובעיר יוסטון (בין היתר).
החלק הראשון יעסוק בשאלה האם הוריקן הארווי הוא הפתעה בסיסית או מצבי וינתח את ההקשר התכנוני של ההצפות שהתרחשו בעיר בעקבות ההוריקן.

New Research from the Reut Institute: 2017 Likely to be a Critical Year for Israel-Diaspora Relations

In the last decade, the State of Israel’s position in the Jewish World has changed dramatically, in a way that is likely to constitute a strategic threat to the continued prosperity and cohesion of the Jewish People. This dynamic is fueled by a conceptual gap that exists in Israeli society, especially among Israel’s professional and volunteer leadership. Decision makers in Israel, and those educating the next generation of Israeli leaders have the responsibility to close this gap.

2017 is likely to be a critical year for Israel-Diaspora relations. In 2017, Jews in Israel and the Diaspora will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the beginning of the 70-year anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, as well as the 50-year anniversary of the Six Day War and 50 years of Israeli control over the West Bank and its Palestinian population. In Israel, 2017 will be a central year in determining how these events are remembered and commemorated, as well as a central year in defining their influence on future outcomes. In the Diaspora, these events, combined with the unknown implications of the new Trump Administration, will lead to even greater tensions within Jewish communities. These tensions are likely to further contribute to the divide between Israel and the Diaspora.

The Reut Institute creates transformative models to tackle challenges facing Israel and the Jewish People through innovative research and strategic thinking. For the last two years, a Reut Institute team has researched Israel-Diaspora relations, in order to examine how the State of Israel can continue to fulfill its original mission to be the nation state of the entire Jewish People.

This team has identified a widening gap that endangers the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora, and challenges the legitimacy of the State of Israel. These findings are summarized in a document that outlines a Conceptual Framework to understand this challenge, and proposes policy changes and actions to resolve it.

Additionally, building on the insights of this research, the Reut Institute will host a number of workshops and seminars, in cooperation with the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs, with various leadership groups in Israel in order to wrestle with this central question: What does it mean to be a leader in the nation state of the Jewish People in the 21st Century?

The Future of the Nation State of the Jewish People: Consolidation or Rupture?

Coverage in the Jerusalem Post:
‘Ties Between US Jews and Israel Could Reach Breaking Point in 2017’ March 27, 2017
JPost Editorial: AIPAC Lessons, March 29, 2017

Agenda for the 21st Century September 2017

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