A Year In Review | 2021

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Masorti Olami means Masorti/Conservative Judaism around the world.

A Letter From Our Leaders

Rabbi Mauricio Balter

Executive Director

Yes, there is a miracle in progress worthy of recognition through which a tolerant traditionalism is penetrating Jewish religious life around the world. But not to be dependent upon miracles is a necessary counterweight to our celebration.

Our Global Presence

830 MASORTI/CONSERVATIVE
COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE

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Our Global Projects

International Day Of Peace

International Day Of Peace

To mark the International Day of Peace this year, Masorti and MERCAZ Olami created an interfaith Prayer for Peace video with religious leaders in the Holy Land, which was viewed by over 2,000 individuals from around the world. Representatives from Christianity, Islam and Judaism came together to send messages of peace and unity from their individual faiths showing that we have far more in common than that which divides us. Through this video, we hope to have shown that religion can be used to bring peace in the face of conflict and struggles.

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The Masorti Olami Shmita Project

The Masorti Olami Shmita Project

In October, Masorti and MERCAZ Olami launched the Masorti Olami Shmita Project website, a hub for Masorti/Conservative resources for the Shmita year. This project includes monthly lectures from guest speakers such as Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization on the topic of ‘Shmita and Zionism’ as he guided us through Shmita in the early days of the modern State of Israel; Rabbi David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. on the topic of Halachot related to Shmita and how it can be implemented in the land of Israel; Talia Schneider, author, lecturer and founder of Permaculture Israel on the topic of permaculture and its similarities to Shmita, and many more!

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Rabbi Reuven Hammer Institute for Masorti Jewish Learning

Rabbi Reuven Hammer Institute for Masorti Jewish Learning

In August, Masorti Olami launched the Rabbi Reuven Hammer Institute for Masorti Jewish Learning, in memory of Rabbi Reuven Hammer z”l. The Institute will support Masorti/Conservative conversions across the world, starting in Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The online launch event was attended by over two hundred people and we were honored to hear from the Hammer family on the life and legacy of Rabbi Hammer z”l. We also heard from Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Executive Director of Masorti and MERCAZ Olami on the background of Masorti Olami and conversions around the world, and from Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem on the story of conversion throughout Jewish history. The event was moderated and led by Rabbi Chaim Weiner, Director and Av Beit Din of Masorti Europe, together with Tehila Reuben, Deputy Director of Masorti and MERCAZ Olami.

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Our Leadership Courses

This year Masorti Olami, MERCAZ Olami and NOAM Olami ran a number of leadership courses, focusing on training both Masorti/Conservative professionals and lay leaders from around the world to boldly face today’s challenges.

UDESA Leadership Development Program in Latin America

The UDESA Leadership Development Program

The UDESA Leadership Development Program is run in conjunction with the Center for Social Innovation at the University of San Andres in Argentina. It aims to equip lay leaders of Masorti/Conservative communities in Latin America with tools to strengthen institutional leadership in the region, with a focus on economic sustainability and community marketing. This year, twenty-four participants took part in the program, engaging with sessions on ethics and the responsibility of the leader, Masorti/Conservative ideology, as well as economic sustainability of organizations and leadership models from Jewish sources. Participants were also mentored in small groups, putting the theory learned into practice.

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MERCAZ Olami Leadership Seminar

MERCAZ Olami Leadership Seminar

For the first time ever, MERCAZ Olami organized a leadership seminar in collaboration with Marom and NOAM Olami with over seventy Shnat (9 month training program in Israel for madrichim) participants from Latin America taking part. The seminar aimed to enrich and inspire the participants to think about issues that concern them in regard to Israel-Diaspora relations, Zionist-Masorti/Conservative Identity, and to give them tools to bring their ideas to life. They met with and heard from representatives from across the Masorti/Conservative and Zionist movements and learned how to use social media as a tool to motivate and engage people as well as how to build and present a compelling argument.

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ZOOM Skills for Masorti/Conservative Community Leaders

ZOOM Skills for Masorti/Conservative Community Leaders

Together with Coriphery, Masorti Olami offered our community leaders and volunteers around the world the chance to learn and develop their online management skills for our new virtual world. Over the course of three sessions, participants looked at the theory, practice and presentation of new tools and platforms that are being used to collaborate virtually, especially as a result of the global pandemic. Through looking at different ways to engage audiences and improve interactions online, community leaders and directors were empowered to make the most out of online experiences and our current reality.

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Our Regions

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Our Youth: NOAM Olami

NOAM Olami is the global network of Masorti/Conservative youth groups with the common goal of developing Jewish identity and increasing knowledge among Masorti/Conservative youth based on the values of NOAM: Masorti/Conservative Judaism, Zionism, Community Life, Democracy and Tikkun Olam. NOAM Olami currently has thirty-four snifim (branches) in fifteen countries and this year, opened two new snifim in Barranquilla, Colombia and in El Salvador.

NOAM Olami International Seminar

NOAM Olami International Seminar

As many activities adapted to the online format during the pandemic, so did the NOAM Olami International Seminar. For the first time, the seminar was a virtual one. Around fifty representatives from all over the NOAM Olami network in thirteen countries got together in May to tour Haifa with Pardes – A Center of Education for Values, to talk about Parshat Hashavua and Yom Yerushalayim with Executive Director, Rabbi Mauricio Balter and learn tools to maintain positive mental health with NOAM Madrid coordinator Malena Wais. They also had the chance to get to know the NOAM Olami Network and discuss relevant topics with NOAM Olami’s representative on Masorti Olami’s board, Neomi Yehudai, as well as engage in meaningful conversations about contemporary Zionism and politics with KKL Vice Chair Emily Levy-Shochat and the MERCAZ Olami team. The seminar focused on the importance of remembering the power and responsibility we have to make positive change in the world around us using education and empowering young people.

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NOAM Olami Camps

NOAM Olami Camps

Various NOAM Olami snifim around the world were able to hold in-person winter and summer camps this year, despite the lockdowns. Our snifim in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Ukraine, and the UK all organized camps for their chanichim, which were long-awaited after no face-to-face events for over a year and a half. With health guidelines being followed, participants were able to take part in fun and engaging activities that focus on the pillars of NOAM Olami. NOAM Olami Director, Chani Goldengreen, was fortunate to be able to visit NOAM Spain’s winter camp in Barcelona, along with three shlichim from NOAM Israel to help organize and run activities for the chanichim. The camp focused on human rights from a Jewish perspective and had a variety of educational and fun activities such as an escape room and a Viking-themed disco party.

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“NOAM means to me growing, learning and figuring out who I am as a person and as a Jew. A youth movement led by madrichim and madrichot that put Masorti and human values as the educational anchor.” Neomi Yehudai, NOAM Barcelona and NOAM Olami Representative on Masorti Olami’s Board

Our Young Adults: Marom

Marom enriches the lives of students and young adults across the world and develops the next generation of Masorti/Conservative Jewish educators, rabbis, community leaders and active congregants. There are currently twelve Marom centers around the world in twelve countries. In 2021, Marom dedicated time to defining and refining their narrative in order to have a bigger impact.

Rabbinical Student Outreach

Rabbinical Student Outreach

In 2021, Marom’s Rabbi Yerach Meiersdorf started a program that works with rabbinical students from around the world, giving them the necessary tools to work with young adults. Marom provides content, resources, and information for these students such as a three-session series in partnership with Chani Goldengreen, Director of NOAM Olami, dedicated to working with youth and young adults for students at Zacharias Frankel College, our Masorti/Conservative rabbinical school in Berlin.

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Marom Microgrants

Marom Microgrants

In response to Marom 2030, Marom launched ‘Marom Microgrants’, an initiative to enrich the lives of young people around the world with pluralistic Jewish experiences. These grants encourage young people to create alternative, relevant content development for their peers, empowering participants through engaging content, activities, and Masorti Jewish experiences. Grants have been awarded for programming for young adults in Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.

 

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Marom 2030

Marom 2030

This year, Marom began ‘Marom 2030’, a think tank with a diverse collection of active young Jewish adults from around the world, all of them members of Masorti/Conservative programs, in order to understand the challenges that young people face and how Marom can be meaningful for them. Marom found out that young Jewish adults around the world are seeking meaning and connection but wish to do so in an alternative setting that allows them more flexibility. Marom aims to provide these spaces for young adults to experience and connect to the values of Masorti/Conservative Judaism.

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Our Zionism: MERCAZ Olami

MERCAZ Olami is the Zionist and political arm of the global Masorti/Conservative movement, with fifteen branches around the world, five in Latin America and Europe, two in the Former Soviet Union, one in Australasia, one in the United States and one in Canada. MERCAZ Olami is the movement’s representation in the Israeli National Institutions and continues to strengthen its work each year and 2021 was no exception. Through training, resourcing, and mobilizing of worldwide chapters, MERCAZ is deeply involved in infusing Masorti/Conservative values into the wider Zionist/Jewish world.

MERCAZ Olami is the Zionist and political arm of the global Masorti/Conservative movement, with fifteen branches around the world, five in Latin America and Europe, two in the Former Soviet Union, one in Australasia, one in the United States and one in Canada. MERCAZ Olami is the movement’s representation in the Israeli National Institutions and continues to strengthen its work each year and 2021 was no exception. Through training, resourcing, and mobilizing of worldwide chapters, MERCAZ is deeply involved in infusing Masorti/Conservative values into the wider Zionist/Jewish world.

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MERCAZ Olami and MERCAZ Argentina’s
Tour of Jerusalem

MERCAZ Olami and MERCAZ Argentina’s Tour of Jerusalem

In May, MERCAZ Olami and MERCAZ Argentina were led on a virtual tour of Jerusalem by Mochi, a well-known tour guide, prior to the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim. The tour was broadcasted live in Spanish from the Old City of Jerusalem, with the virtual participation of Rabbi Ale Avruj from Buenos Aires, and had more than two hundred and thirty participants from Latin America. The tour began at Jaffa Gate and continued through the streets of the Old City, tasting Israeli delicacies, reaching the Kotel at the end of the tour where the shofar was heard, and Rabbi Avruj made a misheberach (prayer for healing) for the whole world. It was very moving to virtually bring the participants to the Kotel after more than a year of travel restrictions.

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North American Delegation
Visits Israel

North American Delegation Visits Israel

This year, MERCAZ Olami together with Masorti Israel and Dr. Yizhar Hess’ Department at the World Zionist Organization, the Department of Jewish Peoplehood, hosted a delegation of Masorti/Conservative leaders from North America who came together with their counterparts in Israel to meet with Israel’s new President, Isaac Herzog, as well as different members of the Knesset. Over the course of three days, delegates met with Israeli political leaders to raise concerns and to restore the relationship between Israeli and Masorti/Conservative Jewry around the world. Topics raised include advancing the “Kotel Deal”, which has been put on hold, advocating for the rights of Masorti/Conservative Jews who convert or marry, and increased government funding for the movement in line with other streams. Discussions with representatives were fruitful and the delegates were warmly received. We look forward to continuing our work with our partners around the world and the new Israeli government in order to advance our movement.

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MERCAZ Olami Strategic Plan

MERCAZ Olami Strategic Plan

This year, MERCAZ Olami dedicated their efforts to researching and building a strategic and implementation plan. The research done revealed several things that are needed: a renewed mission and vision amplified by a strong communications strategy, improved leadership and professional development training, clarity and thoughtful leadership from the Movement on Masorti/Conservative Zionism, improved reporting on its progress, impact and communication, and more delegates for the next Zionist Congress through ongoing engagement and programs. During 2021, MERCAZ Olami started implementing these changes by designing new initiatives across the Movement that will achieve these aims.

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6 Continents with Masorti/ Conservative communities

28 long-term and short-term projects funded

2 new NOAM Olami chapters

8 full-time team members, 1 part-time

12 NOAM Olami camps with over 2,000 participants

28 board members from 12 different countries

Masorti Olami Income

Total Projected Income - $1,660,000

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Masorti Olami Expenses

Total Projected Expenses - $1,660,000

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Our Team

Rabbi Mauricio Balter

Executive Director

Suzanne Farber

Finance Manager

Nicki Glick-Asaf

MERCAZ Olami Director of ZIonist Educational Project & Chapter Liaison

Chani Goldengreen

NOAM Olami Director

Adriana Ostrofsky

Office Manager & Assistant to the Executive Director

Adriana Ostrofsky

Office Manager & Assistant to the Executive Director

Gal Raij

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Gal Raij

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Tehila Reuben

Deputy Director

Cassandra Weinstein

Communications Assistant

Ariela Rosemberg-Garbatzky

Head of Latin America Desk & Graphic Designer

Our Thanks

Masorti Olami’s work is only possible through the generous support of our partner organizations and private supporters dedicated to the continuity and growth of Masorti/Conservative Jewish life.

Thank you to the World Zionist Organization, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and MERCAZ Olami for their continuous support and sponsoring. We also send our deepest appreciation to our top donors in 2021:

  • Jane and Ned Gladstein
  • Hammer Family
  • Eugene Landy
  • Amy and Bill Lipsey
  • Sandy and Rabbi Joel Meyers
  • Park Avenue Synagogue
  • Penny and Claudio Pincus
  • Mary and Saul Sanders
  • Margaret and Alan Silberman
  • Carl Sunshine
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Our Support

Our work around the world relies on the generous support of individuals who feel that the global growth of Masorti/Conservative Judaism is vital to the future of the Jewish people. We invite you to join us on this journey as we work to unite our worldwide communities and bring pluralistic and inclusive Jewish practice to Jews wherever they are. Your donation directly impacts the lives and futures of Masorti/Conservative Jews around the world.

Our Channels

131 Uploaded videos
~ 4 min. Average view duration (per video)
~ 900 Subscribers
All videos were translated into at least 3 languages

The Jerusalem HQ initiated at least 6028 online meetings: 1:1 meetings, Team meetings, Seminars & much more!

Simultaneous translation into more than 5 languages

Our Facebook community consists of 6,564
enthusiastic followers.

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PRAYER FOR PEACE

3 religious leaders came together for International Day of Peace

Most celebrated
MASORTI PURIM

A celebratory musical performance by 9 cantors, produced by Cantor Ari Litvak

Most congratulated
JEWISH TRADITION

Rosh Kintu’s Bar Mitzvah in Nabugoye, Uganda

The organization (also known as The World Council of Synagogues, Inc.) was founded in 1957 with the dream of making Masorti/Conservative Judaism a force in the Jewish world. Today, together with our partners in Israel, Canada and the US, we represent over 2 million Jews worldwide.

We exist and thrive in six regions, including Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Former Soviet Union.

Rabbi Philip Scheim,
President

Rabbi Philip Scheim is Rabbi Emeritus of Beth David Congregation in Toronto, Canada, after completing 40 years of service at Beth David since his ordination at JTS in 1981. He is a past International President of the Rabbinical Assembly (the first Canadian based in Canada to have filled that role), and has been active in Masorti causes through the years, and in numerous charitable organizations in Israel and North America. He co-edited the RA/Schechter Institute Megillat HaShoah, and was instrumental in the creation of the Rabbinical Assembly Pirkei Avot – Lev Shalem edition. He has served as an officer of MERCAZ Olami.

Rabbi Mauricio Balter,
Executive Director

Born in Uruguay in 1957, Rabbi Mauricio Balter was raised in an ardently Zionist family, and was active from a very young age in Jewish and Zionist activities. In July 1995, Rabbi Balter made Aliyah together with his family. In Israel, he served for fifteen years as the Rabbi of the HaKrayot Masorti Congregation and from 2010-2017 serve as the Rabbi of Congregation Eshel Avraham in Be’er Sheva.

In Argentina, Rabbi Balter was the spiritual leader of the Tucuman and Salta congregations, Rabbi of the Or Chadash Congregation and the first director of the Masorti Movement in Argentina. He was the President of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel for six terms, Vice Chairman of the Masorti/Conservative Movement in Israel and Secretary of the International Rabbinical Assembly.

By virtue of his position as chair of the Liturgy Committee at the Masorti Movement in Israel, he headed the team that prepared and edited “ Vaani T’fillati: An Israeli Masorti Siddur.”

Rabbi Balter holds B.A and B.S degrees in Education and Judaism, respectively. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshal T. Meyer in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 1991 and his M.A. in Jewish Thought from Haifa University, Israel in 2003. He has served as Executive Director of MERCAZ Olami and Masorti Olami since July 1, 2017.

Rabbi Balter serves as an Executive Member of the World Zionist Organization, a Member of the Board of Governors of KKL-JNF, Keren HaYesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

In 2020, Rabbi Balter received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.
He is married to his wife Bilha, and is a father to two daughters and has two grandchildren.

These words are written midway into the joyous holiday of Hanukkah, as half of the lights have been lit and the remaining half await being lit. This juncture-point suggests to me the tension between two Judaic principles, one being the “pirsuma nisa”, the proclamation of the miracle of Hanukkah, represented by the kindling of the lights, and the other, the rabbinic adage that “ayn somkhin al ha-nes”, that we are not to be dependent upon miracles.

Perhaps this midpoint is the place where Masorti Olami appropriately finds itself. First, we are inspired by the achievements, worldwide, that have enabled the growth of Masorti Olami even as we continue to wrestle with the challenges of a global pandemic. Secondly, this midpoint offers us the opportunity to look back at what we have achieved this year and what we have yet to accomplish in the next year. This annual review will do just that.

We present you here with the work of Masorti Olami in 2021, as we prepare to enter the new year and to continue to grow our Movement around the world. That our efforts span six continents attests to the heroic efforts of our volunteers, and our amazing professional team of Suzanne Farber, Nilli Glick-Asaf, Chani Goldengreen, Adriana Ostrofsky, Gal Raij, Tehila Reuben, Ariela Rosemberg-Garbatzky, and Cassandra Weinstein.

Yes, there is a miracle in progress worthy of recognition through which a tolerant traditionalism is penetrating Jewish religious life from South America, throughout Europe, with inroads in Africa and Asia and the Far East. Some of our communities are well established, while others are in their infancy, but all attest to a vitality and a purpose that motivates our work and strengthens our cause. But not to be dependent upon miracles is a necessary counterweight to our celebration.

So much has yet to be done in order to maximize our potential, to reach more communities and to strengthen and support those already under our umbrella. Funds need to be raised, strategies sharpened, visions formulated, articulated and actualized. And Masorti Olami has a long route to travel in order for the name and the cause to achieve the recognition and the awareness that we so need and deserve.

Let us therefore celebrate the lights already kindled in so many diverse places, our achievements over the past year, and to prepare for those yet to be lit, the opportunities that await us in 2022.

Then will the words of Megillat Esther, incorporated in our weekly Havdalah ritual, come closer to fruition: “The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor, so may it be for us!” With wishes for a fulfilling, joyous healthy and peaceful 2022.

Masorti Europe

Masorti Europe is the umbrella organization that represents our thirty-two communities in Europe. Founded over twelve years ago, it provides more than 10,000 Masorti/Conservative Jews across the region with religious and community services, including the European Masorti Bet Din and the European Academy for Jewish Liturgy (EAJL).

Masorti Europe Executive Committee Meeting in Paris

Masorti Europe Executive Committee Meeting in Paris

In November, Masorti Europe’s Executive Committee held a seminar in Paris, which was attended by our Executive Director, Rabbi Mauricio Balter, and Deputy Director Tehila Reuben along with Rabbi Chaim Weiner, Director and Av Beit Din of Masorti Europe and the other Executive Committee members from across Europe. After two years of not being able to meet in person, they discussed community updates, challenges and successes and planned for the year ahead. Part of the meetings were led by an outside consultant who guided the committee as they spoke about the future of Masorti Europe, creating a working plan for the next twelve to eighteen months. The meetings were hosted by the Adath Shalom and DorVador Masorti/Conservative communities in Paris, who also invited the group for a beautiful Shabbat.

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150th Anniversary of The Great Synagogue of Stockholm

150th Anniversary of The Great Synagogue of Stockholm

Stockholm’s Stora Synagogue, also known as the Great Synagogue of Stockholm, was built exactly 151 years ago in 1870, the same year that restrictions placed on Jews in Sweden were lifted and is currently home to Stockholm’s Masorti/Conservative community. Our Executive Director, Rabbi Mauricio Balter was honored to be invited to address those in attendance on this special occasion and speak about the importance of pluralistic Judaism in Sweden.

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Masorti Europe: Up Close and Personal Course

Masorti Europe: Up Close and Personal Course

Masorti Europe continued with their yearlong training course for activists in Masorti/Conservative communities across Europe, led by Masorti Europe’s Director and Av Beit Din, Rabbi Chaim Weiner. The course consists of a series of talks on Masorti/Conservative Judaism, entitled ‘Masorti Judaism: Up Close and Personal’ and broken down into different units. Sessions as part of the ‘best practices’ unit looked at examples from a variety of fields such as Jewish Education, Young Adults (Marom), Youth (NOAM), and National Organizations, as well looking at new trends across Europe and the world and in new religious Jewish communities.

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Masorti Africa

Masorti Africa consists of a community in Johannesburg, South Africa, and approximately 2,000 Abayudaya Jews spread across ten communities and centers in Uganda and Kenya.

Abayudaya Women’s Association and Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Join Forces

Abayudaya Women’s Association and Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Join Forces

The first ever meeting between the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and the Abayudaya Women’s Association took place earlier this year, with the participation of our Deputy Director, Tehila Reuben. The exceptional women from Uganda and North America came together to discuss their new partnership and to start building a network between them. The women joined together in song, prayer, education and laughter. We are proud of Illene Schaeffer Rubin, Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields, Debbi Kaner Goldich and Atharia Katalima for pushing this forward and making the meeting happen, and we hope to connect more women around the world using this example.

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Abayudaya COVID Relief Funds

Abayudaya COVID Relief Funds

As a result of the pandemic and its severe economic impact, individuals and families in our communities in Uganda and Kenya have been in dire straits, without basic everyday supplies such as soap, medical supplies and food. Members of the community have been out of work, and crops have suffered as a result of an extended lockdown. This year, Masorti Olami partnered with its supporters and other movement organizations to raise over $15,000 to support our Abayudaya communities, as well as the Marom Kampala Center and the Tobin Health Center in Mbale, Uganda. These vital funds will continue to go towards providing the communities with food, medical supplies, education, and resources to be able to celebrate the Jewish holidays.

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Annual Abayudaya Youth Association (AYA) Elections

Annual Abayudaya Youth Association (AYA) Elections

In March, the AYA carried out elections to elect the new officers that are to take over the programs of AYA for the next three years. The voting went smoothly under the supervision of the Patron and Spiritual Leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, and the board of directors of the Abayudaya Communities. Sixty young people from across Uganda took part in the elections that decide the future of the organization, electing Gilah Namulondo as the new president, the youngest member to hold the position at only seventeen years old and the first woman to do so. Despite the difficulties presented by the ongoing pandemic, the new committee under Gilah’s leadership are excited to get to work.

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Masorti Australasia

Australasia is one of Masorti Olami’s newest fronts, and the work to further integrate the Australian and Asian communities into the global Masorti/Conservative Jewish fold continues. Despite the lockdowns, our communities across Asia and Australia were still able to meet in person for a variety of events. Masorti Australasia consists of two communities in Australia, four in India and one in Japan.

Zehoo NOAM Australia

Zehoo NOAM Australia

Melbourne’s Masorti/Conservative community, Kehillat Nitzan, continued their successful NOAM pilot-program for children between the ages of nine and twelve for a second year. Each week, participants meet to discuss Jewish topics such as Torah, Zionism, Israel, Tikkun Olam and prayer skills through exciting games and activities led by Rabbi Sar-Shalom. They also celebrate the holidays together, holding a Shavuot dinner, a Sukkot lunch, a Purim party and a social action Hanukkah event for the young participants and their families.

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Panel with Emanuel Synagogue and Masorti Israel

Panel with Emanuel Synagogue and Masorti Israel

In July, Tammy Gottlieb, Vice Chair of the board of Women of the Wall and Associate Director of Communications and New Initiatives at the Masorti Movement in Israel spoke to congregants of the Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. Tammy shared her thoughts on the recent challenges at the Egalitarian Kotel, her dedicated work with Women of the Wall and the Masorti Movement in Israel, as well as how the new Israeli government will navigate 2021. Masorti Olami was honored to connect Tammy with Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth, rabbi of Emanuel, to make this happen.

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Masorti Latin America (AmLat)

Masorti AmLat is the umbrella body of Masorti Olami throughout the Latin American continent, made up of eighty-five communities across the region spread around thirteen countries. Established in 2007, it focuses on development of and coordination between affiliated communities across our most prominent region.

Shituf

Shituf

Shituf is the name of the annual Masorti AmLat gathering, focused on joint movement building and capacitation of all member countries, communities, and leaders. This year’s Shituf had a new virtual format, taking place over three days from June 8-10. The conference began with a personal blessing from the recently elected President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, followed by six simultaneous workshops each day as well as booths with relevant material from the different Masorti/Conservative organizations and communities. Over 340 participants took part in Shituf, representing over eighty-four communities from the region.

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Hanukkah in AmLat: A Movement That Enlightens

Hanukkah in AmLat: A Movement That Enlightens

Masorti AmLat celebrated Hanukkah in a very special format this year, creating a series of video tributes and presenting community leaders who have excelled with an award. ‘Hanukkah: A Movement That Enlightens’, shines light on the commitment and dedication of many community leaders across the region who commit themselves to give their time in pursuit of community strengthening, development of the Zionist identity and the illumination of our Masorti/Conservative movement in Latin America. As we commemorate the Hanukkah holiday in which we remember the miracle of the oil in the lamps and the possibility of continuing to illuminate our lives, we wanted to honor these guiding lights in our communities.

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Shiluvim (Combinations)

Shiluvim (Combinations)

Shiluvim is a program running in cooperation with JDC Latin America, which aims to forge a network of community directors of the Masorti/Conservative communities in the region through providing training opportunities, management tools, and practical hands-on workshops. The participants identify challenges in their communities and address them, combining their shared experience to establish solutions.

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