Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
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Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

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Do you remember how important it was to you to stand up to bullies? The staff at IRAC stands up to bullies every day! The IRAC mission is “to advance religious freedom and pluralism, tolerance, social justice and civil liberties in Israel. The Center has, for 16 years, been a leader in the struggle for freedom of religion and conscience in Israel. “

There are groups in Israel that act just as do bullies in schoolyards. They are big and strong and intolerant of the notion of equality. They do not want anyone different from them to enjoy the same rights. This is especially so in regard to freedom of religion when these bullies do everything possible to block the efforts of Reform and Conservative Judaism in the Jewish State. They don't want Reform and Conservative Jews to have their religious aspirations recognized. They want to deflect from organized non-Orthodox Jewry freedom of religion and equal religious rights.

IRAC takes the bullies to court, and wins! IRAC exposes in public forums, on radio, in the press the weaknesses in the bullies' arguments. IRAC advocates freedom of religion in the Jewish State; freedom of religion for everyone. In America, we take such freedom for granted. If you plan to get married and you are Conservative or Reform Jews and you want your rabbi to officiate at the wedding, you just go ahead and make those arrangements. But in Israel such weddings are not valid.

IRAC says of its outreach, advocacy, and court centered actions that “it flexes muscles in its two arms: the legal arm and the political arm. One knows how to attack, the other knows how to embrace.” The two of them together are able to advance the values of human equality, social justice and religious tolerance in Israel. IRAC is essential. So is your support for it.