Engaging Orthodox Jewry’s Diverse Communities in Advocacy for Israel’s Security
Orthodox Jewish life in the United States is more vigorous and vibrant than ever, with its diverse population increasing numerically and percentage wise relative to other Jewish denominations. Should demographic trends continue, Orthodoxy will become the largest Jewish denomination in the U.S.
As American Orthodoxy has developed and grown, its adherents, of all backgrounds and communal affiliations, have broadened the scope of their responsibility for their fellow Jews. They have demonstrated that they have the resources and the capacity to address matters beyond their immediate communal needs, taking on challenges that concern the Jewish people as a whole. These include a dramatic expansion of chesed organizations, the acceptance of kiruv as an essential facet of religious life, and the strengthening of organizations that plan and advocate for Jewish communities.
With secular Jewry in decline, and its commitment to Eretz Yisrael diminishing, an ever increasing responsibility is falling on Orthodox Jewry, to stand up for the welfare of the Jewish people in Israel and for the security of its State, which is home to nearly half of world Jewry.
The mission of Netzach Yisrael is to broaden support for Israel among Orthodox Jews who are not yet so engaged, whether due to lack of knowledge, philosophical concerns or other. Netzach Yisrael will reach out to all segments of Orthodox Jewry, including the Chassidic, Agudah, and Yeshiva communities, as it garners supporters for Israel’s security.
Netzach Yisrael will educate Orthodox Jews about the strategic challenges facing the State of Israel, and will create opportunities for them to participate in organizations and efforts that strengthen its security.
Specifically, Netzach Yisrael will:
- Conduct in-depth educational seminars on Israel’s security strategies and challenges.
- Create a range of options and venues for getting involved in support of Israel’s security.
- Engage key rabbinic leaders in efforts to strengthen Israel’s security, providing them with the knowledge and means to motivate their members and/or students to support Israel’s security.
- Engage Orthodox lay leaders in support of Israel’s security, by conducting educational events such as trips to Israel, during which they will meet experts who will acquaint them with the security challenges facing Israel, and the specific advocacies that are needed.