March 2013 passover
From the President
Dear friends of Metzilah,
These are the days just before the Jewish holiday of Passover. These are also the days of a new government, formed after general elections. The state of Israel is facing great challenges, both internal and external. In Metzilah, too, we deal with challenge of substance and organization.
Here are our activities since our last newsletter:
All the things we do are components in our general goal: securing conditions of prosperity and self-determination for Jews in Israel and around the world, with the centrality of Israel as the nation-state of Jews in achieving this goal.
The vision of state of Israel which is both Jewish and Democratic, the nation state of Jews as well as a state that respects the rights of all its citizens and its residents, irrespective of religion or nationality, Is not obvious and not simple at all.
True, this is the founding vision of the declaration of state of Israel, but it seems as if some of our elected representatives have forgotten it. It's necessary to continue and defend on the right of Jews "to live as free people in our homeland" against those who deny its legitimacy. But it's essential at the same time to secure the conditions that facilitate and ensure that this state remains democratic, just and fair.
This is the challenge of the state of Israel. It is the challenge of the new government. It's also the challenge of Metzilah. I hope that we shall be successful.
On the organizational level, Metzilah Center is focusing now in completing and implementing of the new position paper "Civil Legal Framework for Marriage and Divorce in Israel", (Hebrew version), working further with our existing materials, and meeting our outstanding commitments , and strengthening our virtual activity. At the same time we examine possibilities and opportunities of new organizational development.