Sharansky, advance religious freedom!

Dear Natan Sharansky,

We the undersigned, communal leaders, activists and Rabbis, who share in our commitment to the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel, and moved by grave concern appeal to you to lead the Jewish Agency in working with Israel’s leadership to fully embrace the core values of religious freedom and equality, being inclusive of all religious faiths, streams, and expressions.

Recent pronouncements coming from some leading Governmental Coalition officials, Chief Rabbis, and heads of State funded religious institutions disturb us greatly. They label homosexuals – perverts that should be healed, non-Orthodox Judaism – a stream of Christianity, the Women of the Wall – promiscuous, and the Supreme Court – Judaism’s enemy. They coerce the Government to delegitimize world Jewry’s religious streams; even as Israel’s Rabbinic Courts nullify conversions of modern Orthodox rabbis.

PM Netanyahu’s commitment to “ensure that all Jews - Reform, Conservative and Orthodox - feel at home in Israel” is a welcome declaration. We know that the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews yearn to move beyond the politicization of religion. They, as we, wholeheartedly support the vision of Israel’s founders, rooted in the promise of its Declaration of Independence, of “freedom of religion and conscience for all.”

We appeal to you to lead the Jewish Agency, the organized voice of world Jewry, in urging that Israeli leaders make the Prime Minister’s declaration a reality. The time has come for unequivocal change in policy, and not mere words. Firstly, allowing marriage freedom, a fundamental civil liberty that can no longer be denied to hundreds of thousands of Israelis, including those whom we and you worked together to free from Soviet bondage. Neither should our own next generation find that they will be denied equality and the right to family if they choose to make their lives in Israel.

Just as we would not tolerate being denied the right to marry in our home communities, so too we are not willing to accept this when it is perpetrated by the State of Israel. Full religious freedom and equality in the Jewish and Democratic State is not a luxury but a necessity.

Please don’t fail the Jewish People! Take the lead in bringing Israel toward a new era in its partnership with world Jewry, a home for all, a light of religious freedom and tolerance to the world, and a source of inspiration to the next generation.

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List of signers

NameCity
Dieter MuellerMunich
Cathy TigheMiami Beach
Rabbi Uri RegevJerusalem
Mark H LevinPrairie Village
Fred NatkinBoynton Beach
Regina AlonzoKennett Square
Jenilee Kay Bader-Ben ShimonMoshav Ein Yaakov
naama kimhishamir
saralee shermanjerusalem
Wendy DavisZichron Yaakov
Albert SchapiroKarmiel
Dennis J Eisner San Mateo, CA
David BogomolnyWashington
Karen FruchtmanZichron Yaakov
Linda PoskanzerHackensack, NJ USA
Alison RobbinsWashington, DC
Hazel GazitRamat Hasharon
David HarrisChicago
Rabbi Marci BellowsChester, CT
מיכאל בן יוסףPamplona-Iruña
Joe GoldmanSan Francisco
Dr Brigitte SionGeneva, Switzerland
Rabbi Gary S. GersonRiver Forest, IL
Donna CarlinMANHATTAN
Danielle ClintonTel Aviv
Renata MethTel Aviv
Marvin l. CaseyAshkelon
Leah Rachelle BermanBeit Shemesh
Rabbi Fred GreeneBoulder
Rabbi Howard Laibson Seal Beach, CA
Jody BlumJerusalem
Rabbi Donald B. RossoffFramingham, MA
Rabbi Matt FriedmanSacramento, CA
Joe SteinLittle Silver
Joshua StromArmonk
Ron WegsmanBronx
Rabbi Michael Dolgin Toronto
Jacob BlumenthalGaithersburg, Maryland
joel sisenwineWellesley
Pamela DeutschHar Adar
Kenneth EmertFranklin Lakes,NJ
Rabbi Garson HerzfeldTampa, FL
Berta ZylberstajnSão Paulo, Brazil
Henri GoettelIndependence MO
Rabbi David LevinWynnewood
Rabbi Nadya GrossBoulder, CO
Allan MalkisSaint Paul
Austin BeutelToronto, Canada
Myra Thim TattenbaumNew York
Rabbi Shai Cherry. PhDSolana Beach
Rabbi Heidi CoretzDallas, TX
AngelaBuchdahl
Marvin H. MorseLongboat Key
Marvin H. MorseLongboat Key
Myra Thim TattenbaumNew York
Paula FeldsteinDemarest, NJ
David B LeibLakewood
Jessica LottWashington, DC
Meryam ZislovichCarmiel
Joshua AaronsonLos Angeles
Catherine PensoLos Angeles
Steven gartenOttawa canada
Resa DavidsSanta Monica
Rabbi Shohama WienerNew Rochelle, NY
Linda ParkCulver City
Hannah KrauseDallas
Stephen LererDallas
larry glazerdallas
Michael KaftorAliso Viejo, CA
Rabbi Jennifer Weiner Springfield, VA
Joseph EstersonHollywood
Marilyn SternTamarac
charles davidsonsaint paul
Tzvi KahnJERUSALEM
Rabbi Binyamin BiberSilver Spring
Bruce A PhillipsLos Angeles CA USA
david parishweston , florida
Inda Martinez -CicelskyKibbutz Lotan
Rabbi Jay H. RosenbaumLawrence, NY
Anneta HalpernYorba Linda
Oleg GoldinOr Akiva, Israel
Rabbi Charles A. KroloffWestfield, NJ USA
David M. SofianModiin
Amiram ShtogunEkaterinburg
Bib GrossmanSarasota, FL
Karen ChaikinNew York
Madelyn SilvermanSkokie
Anthony LuderRosh Pina
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Leonel CaracikiSde Boker
Elyse WinickNewton, MA
Shirley HermanMississauga
Jonah WeinbergMinneapolis
David B, SaltzmanBoonton, NJ
Leah Sauter Bellingham
Naomi SenserHighland Park
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Carol Goldgeierhaifa
Angeni L. MarqueSalt Lake City
מרים זוסמןבית שמש
Dennis J Eisner San Mateo, CA
Susan JakubowskiStuttgart Germany
Samantha DavisMelb. Australia
Inga NatanBeer Sheva
Evely Laser ShlenskySanta Barbara
Hanalee Waller GlassMinneapolis MN
David HarrisChicago
oleg trachtenberghaifa
מיכאל בן יוסףPamplona-Iruña
Gordon I. SilvermanBronx, NY
Melissa CohaviRye Brook, NY
Uri MillerJerusalem
Maureen SalzOro Valley
Linda MarvinToronto
ChanaJerusalem
Juliana WeintraubKarmuel
Ira LitkofskyFranklin Square, NY
Jacob MersonHerzliya
Laura Katz Rehovot
Joanne LevyLos Alamitos
Rabbi Michael B. EisenstatLongboat Key, Florida
Rabbi Suzanne SingerRiverside, CA
Rabbi Janet B. LissGlen Cove, NY
Krystal Layla LunaLas Vegas
shlomo reifmanWeehawken
David ShneyerRockville
Rabbi Julie GordonSilver Spring
David Yakov KopsteinKailua-Kona, Hawaii
Jay SteinbergHuntington
Terry HendinJerusalem
Rabbi Donald BerlinSt Michaels, MD
Cantor Shoshana BrownFall River
LENA SOFFER GRUMBACHPARIS
Michael WeinbergEvanston, IL
Rabbi Stephen Karol Port Jefferson, NY
Stephan G. Lynn, MDNew York
Lawrence A. EnglanderToronto
Laura SimondsFramingham
Moti DolginHuntington
Jay SabinMontclair, NJ
Rabbi Michael ZedekChicago, IL
Marvin H. MorseLongboat Key
Rabbi Debbie IsraelMorgan Hill, Ca
Elana Hassan Los Angeles
Zev-Hayyim FeyerClaremont CA, USA
Paul GolombPoughkeepsie, NY
Cipra NemethLos Angeles
Jeremy MillerSeattle
Samuel J SalkinSan Francisco
Rabbi Fred GuttmanGreensboro NC
Rabbi David GreensteinMontclair, NJ
Alden SolovyJerusalem, Israel
Burton LehmanNew York
Rabbi Donald WeberMarlboro, NJ
Susi SaxlMinneapolis
Rabbi Anne BrenerLos Angeles
Charles BronfmanPalm Beach
Marcia PragerPhiladelphia
Evely Laser ShlenskySanta Barbara
Lonna KahnPrairie Village, KS
Debra E GoldsteiNatick, MA
Rabbi Debra CantorBloomfield, CT
Joan GarsonToronto
Alexandra DerbyEl Cerrito, CA
Bruce A PhillipsLos Angeles CA USA
Rabbi Norman T. RomanWest Bloomfield, MI
L Tadd SchwabDelray Beach
Rabbi Arnie GluckSkillman, NJ
Rabbi John RosoveLos Angeles
Rabbi Richard M SteinbergIrvine, California
John C UreySAN DIEGO
Arthur HeymanAtlanta
Rabbi Jonathan RudnickKansas City
Phyllis Bernstein Westfield, NJ. USA
Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-WeinerRoswell
Shirley Dornskokie
Phil KritzmanChicago
NameCity
Avshalom ShafferMa'ale Adumim
Lucinda LeesVallejo, ca
Richard Munitz Agoura Hills
Rachel SchoneveldDordrecht, Netherlands
Rabbi Nelly Altenburger Danbury CT US
Amanda SchefterOlathe
Larry RosenfeldShorashim
Davida ChazanJerusalem
Jonathan KupetzClaremont
yael karivbinymina
melanie boltonsydney
Idit levHaifa
Susan JakubowskiStuttgart Germany
Srul Stephan AlexanderKibbutz Shomrat
Reuben LewySkokie
Susan WeissJerusalem
Lisa FingerootLaGrange
Paula C Yablonsky Schenectady NY
Ezra Daniel Friedman Herzliya
Rabbi Karen FoxLos Angeles CA USA
Gordon I. SilvermanBronx, NY
Jennifer Willford La Habra CA
Becca Baer Nahariya
Hannah ConfinoTel Aviv
Scott LittkyOmaha
Shoshana LevinJerusalem
Zivile JuonyteJerusalem
Ronald LezellSan Francisco
Rabbi Dr. Andy DubinNew York
Sophie GoldblumParis
Connie GoldenNorfolk
Lluis W. SutkerVictoria, B.C., Canada
Rabbi Sally J. PriesandOcean Twp., NJ
Judy Forrest Levine Maplewood NJ
François GaraïGeneva
Arlene HoffmanToronto, Canada
Rabbi Jordan CohenHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Rabbi Peter KasdanLongboat Key, Florida
Gary WalkPalm Beach Gardens
Rabbi Jeremy D. SherOakland, CA
Jack MillerParkland
Harold BurstynSyracuse NY
James M. BennettSt Louis
לורי טרקקיבוץ יהל
Rabbi Andrew SacksJerusalem
Nancy K. Stanton South Bend
Rabbi Ellen W. DreyfusHomewood, IL
Rabbi Amy L. Memis-FolerSkokie, IL
Rabbi Amy SmallBurlington,VT
DavidStraus
Professor Raphael COhen-AlmagorBEVERLEY
Suki R KaplanManchester
Marvin H. MorseLongboat Key
Arthur HeymanAtlanta
Shirley Krick MichaloveAtlanta
Barbara KavadiasMorristown
Jessica Lott, DC
Harriet HyamsPalisades
Rabbi Stanley M. DavidsSanta Monica
Sharon BrusmanSan Rafael
Marc RothOakland
Peter RabinowitzBay Area, CA
ira lichtmiami
Rabbi Barbara PenznerBoston
Morton MeyersonDallas
samuel fishmansan francisco
Eliana Hanna RahmaniBrussels
Dr & Mrs Sam MelineHollywood FL
Steven SchachterWeston
Rabbi Martin WeinerSan Francisco
Marilyn SternTamarac
Jack H. SchusterClaremont, CA, USA
Harvey GanzLos Angeles
Laura AshkenaziFort Lee,NJ
Maristella OstrewichDallas
Raquel ChoncholVilliers sur Marne
Linda Martinez -CicelskyKibbutz Lotan
Marvin GoodmanFoster City
Rabbi David HoltzTarrytown
Rabbi Adam Stock SpilkerSt. Paul
David B LeibLakewood
Ina Rosenthal-UreySan Diego
Arthur HeymanAtlanta
Alvin GrossmanSarasota
Miriam HarpazGlenview
Joseph KritzmanMorton Grove
Miriam HarpazGlenview, Il
Rabbi Jay TelRavStamford, CT

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