ADDRESSING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DIASPORA AND ISRAEL
Over the past several months, the widening gap between the Diaspora and Israel has come increasingly into view. A Wider Bridge has weighed in the policies and rhetoric contributing to driving this wedge between us:
Israel’s Nation-State Bill: In 2018, the Israeli Government narrowly approved the Nation-State bill which sought to rigidly define Israel and its people while neglecting the story of Druze, Arabs, Christians and other non-Jewish citizens, and leaving out secular Jews from the story of Israel, driving an unnecessary wedge between Israel and the Jewish diaspora.
We condemned this bill and shared President Rivlin’s sentiment, that the Nation-State Bill may “harm the Jewish people, Jews throughout the world and the State of Israel” at a time when global anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are on the rise.
LGBTQ Educators March Against Peretz’s Homophobic Statements
Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz’s Statements: We also condemned Israel’s Education Minister Rafi Peretz’s recent anti-LGBTQ and anti-Reform/anti-interfaith comments as being both ignorant and incredibly dangerous at a time of growing anti-Semitism on both the left and right margins of US society.
As our name states, our work is about building bridges and meeting face-to-face so that we can connect and bridge the divide between communities.