Religious Freedom

Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance

NIF works to secure freedom of and from religion, as part of a vision of a pluralistic and multireligious Israel. We fight for religious tolerance, for gender equality, and against the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on Jewish public life.

An overwhelming percentage of Israelis support religious freedom and yet the issue remains one of the core obstacles to true equality for non-Orthodox citizens.

Specifically, our work focuses on broad coalitions of Israelis from all walks of life who work together to end the Orthodox monopoly on state religion, as well as focusing on strengthening moderate and women’s voices within the orthodox community.

Examples of recently-funded projects include the Israel Religious Action Center’s legal defense for LGBTQ couples and Mavoi Satum’s legal aid for secular and religious women undergoing divorce in religious courts.

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

Legal Assistance and Advocacy for the LGBT Community

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) – the advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel — is the country’s preeminent civil and human rights organization focusing on the issues of religion and state. Our 2020 project aims to decrease incitement against the LGBT community, support pride efforts, and promote equal rights for LGBT couples seeking immigration and adoption. In the current crisis, this vital work continues.

Restoring Pluralistic Jewish Education in Israel’s Schools

Restoring Pluralistic Jewish Education in Israel’s Schools

Israel’s Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the Ministry of Education to suspend special funding received by pluralistic Jewish organizations for activities they provide in school – effectively restoring that budget stream to Jewish pluralism in Israel. The...

This is what we achieved this year together. Thank you!

This is what we achieved this year together. Thank you!

As 2020 comes to an end, a year of deep crisis across the world, we reflect on how it affects us all in profound ways. We know that this is a tough time for everyone. COVID has slowed down the rhythm of lives everywhere, but it has also exacerbated existing problems....

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