Resources for Religion and State in Israel

by Maskil on 8 Nov 2007

In a previous posting, I suggested that anyone interested in issues around the suffocating relationship between religion and state in Israel subscribe to the “Religion and State in Israel Weekly E-newsletter”.

(This resource currently takes the form of a newsletter only, with no associated website. Hopefully this will change as interest grows.)

After a hiatus of some months, I am pleased to see that the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) weekly Pluralist and other e-newsletters are being published again, with a new format (and apparently a new editor?).

The family of e-Newsletters consists of the following:

WEEKLY: The Pluralist

Weekly highlights of Religion and State and religious pluralism in Israel. Select news articles and recent IRAC achievements.


IRAC’s monthly newsletter updates. Highlights IRAC’s court cases, public policy advocacy, social action projects, and legal aid for new immigrants.

PERIODICALLY: Special Knesset Updates and Special Interest Issues

Briefings from IRAC’s Knesset lobbyist. Updates on proposed bills, new legislation, coalition work for social justice and the fight for religious pluralism in Israel. Briefings on special IRAC coalition projects.

You can subscribe to IRAC’s various e-Newsletters here:

For those who are not familiar with the work of IRAC, the following is taken from their website and the latest edition of The Pluralist:

The Israel Religious Action Center is the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel (known as the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism).

IRAC’s mission is to advance religious freedom and pluralism, tolerance, social justice and civil liberties in Israel, based on the belief that these values are intrinsic to and stem from a liberal understanding of Judaism.

Since its establishment in 1987, IRAC has been a leader in the struggle for freedom of religion and conscience in Israel.

The IRAC website can be found here:

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