Equal Rights

While reading the interview with Anat Hoffman of WOW in the most recent edition of JP, it occurred to me that discrimination and marginalization, occurs on an equally grand scale within Israel as regards to religious streams.

Ok, you guessed it: I am a Reform Jew. A product oh survivor parents brought to the US by HIAS I recently made Aliyah. Yet I attend a synagogue, a very lovely one I should add, without a building or the capability of paying a full time rabbi.

You might say I am disadvantaged. Why?

But let’s put aside my personal gripes. Does it make sense for Israel to continue this marginalization of what is internationally a numerically superior Jewish population?

While in the states I was quiet active in AIPAC and Federation. You do realize that these bodies are packed with Reform and Conservative Jews?

And let us not forget that here in Israel we rely on the flow of financial contributions from these groups to sustain our society.

It is tiring to hear about the ultraconservatives hold on political and religious power.

It was heard before during the birth of Zionism and throughout the 20th century while Palestine was being settled and the state of Israel was built.

I want my rights too!

On the eve of Erev Yon Kippur, I call on all to wake up. We Jews are all equal and demand to be treated equally.

I wish everyone a blessed and productive New Year.

About the Author
Born in Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, Dr. Gabriel Mayer reached the US, after his family escaped Communism, reaching Italy, and as refugees, was supported by the Jewish Agency. He grew up in New York and attended college and medical school in Boston, at Boston University. He spent the first half of his working life as a medical doctor, professor, clinician and researcher in the USA [Professorships at University of Florida and Boston University medical schools]. A distinguished accomplishment of Dr. Mayer and his team was the introduction of thrombolytic therapy to treat acute myocardial infarction; this was the first team in the world to publish research based on clinical work. These procedures have lasted until the present and have saved millions of lives. In 2013 he began his studies at the University of Haifa, earning back-to-back MA degrees in Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. Currently, he is focused on Judaism, and Jewish personhood/peoplehood and the Diaspora and Israeli discourse as driven by academic and philanthropical energies. For two years (2015 & 2016) he served as Head Historian of Martef Hashoa Museum, Jerusalem.