Masortim

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English: Looking northeast across 122nd Street from Broadway median, at Jewish Theological Seminary of America on a sunny late afternoon. ZIP 10027. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Second Zionist Congress in 1898

The Second Zionist Congress in 1898 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Masortim (hebräisch מסורתיים), in Israel – der Namen der wichtigsten Strömungen in der israelischen Gesellschaft, die die Menschen, die sich selbst nicht als religiös (hebräisch דתיים) identifizieren, aber auch sich nicht als säkulare (hebräisch חילוניים) charakterisiert. (weiter s. Artikel auf Russisch und zum Teil auf Englisch).

Eine in Aufbau befindliche Masorti-Bewegung wird ab hier beschrieben.

(2) Die Masorti-Bewegung ist eine der drei großen religiösen Strömungen innerhalb des zeitgenössischen Judentums. Der Begriff „Masórti“ bedeutet hebräisch: „traditionell“. Die Masorti-Bewegung sieht sich als Teil der Moderne und ist bemüht, eine sowohl zeitgemäße als auch die Traditionen des Judentums achtende Religionspraxis zu verwirklichen.

In der Masorti-Bewegung werden das Judentum und seine Gesetze (Mizwot Adonai, Kodex der Halacha) nicht als statisch angesehen, sondern als fortlaufender Prozess. So gilt das Prinzip der Egalität in den Gemeinden und Institutionen. Frauen leiten als Rabbinerinnen und Kantorinnen Masorti-Gemeinden. Als Gemeindemitglieder tragen sie bei religiösen Zusammenkünften die Kippa, legen auch Tefillin und werden für den Minjan gezählt. Mädchen feiern ihre religiöse Mündigkeit bei der Bat Mizwa („Tochter des Gesetzes“). Beispiel einer fortlaufenden, lebendigen Entwicklung des Verständnisses von jüdischem Leben ist die aktuelle Debatte um eine Erweiterung des Begriffs der Kaschrut um den Aspekt der ökologischen und arbeitsethischen Nachhaltigkeit in der Lebensmittelproduktion innerhalb der Masorti-Institutionen.

Logo of the Masorti Movement in Israel.

Logo of the Masorti Movement in Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mißverständlich ist häufig die Übertragung des in den USA synonym verwendeten Begriffs des „Conservative Movement“ (dort in Abgrenzung zum „Reform Judaism“) als deutsches „Konservatives Judentum“. Die Masorti-Bewegung ist wie das Reformjudentum eine Strömung des Liberalen Judentums. Zentrales Merkmal des Liberalen Judentums ist das historisch-kritische Verständnis der Offenbarung der Tora auf dem Sinai. Für das Liberale Judentum ist diese Offenbarung ein fortlaufender, veränderlicher, bis heute andauernder Dialog mit Gott.
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Die Masorti-Bewegung hat ihre Wurzeln in der positiv-historischen Schule des Historikers Heinrich Graetz und des Rabbiners Zacharias Frankel in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Beide waren Direktor (Fraenkel) bzw. Dozent (Grätz, für jüdische Geschichte und Bibelkritik) am von ihnen gegründeten Jüdisch-Theologischen Seminar in Breslau, das erstmalig eine universitäre Ausbildung als Teil der Rabbiner-Schulung anbot. Pädagogisches Leitmotiv von Fraenkel und Graetz war das Konzept einer ganzheitlichen Ausbildung (19. Jahrhundert: „Herzensbildung“).
Masorti in Deutschland [Bearbeiten]

Solomon Schechter studying documents from the ...

Solomon Schechter studying documents from the Cairo Geniza, c. 1895. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Im Jahr 2002 wurde in Berlin die erste Masorti-Gemeinde gegründet. Die Gemeinde wird seit 2007 von Rabbinerin Gesa Ederberg geleitet. Ederberg ist Rabbinerin in der jüdischen Einheitsgemeinde von Berlin. Mitglieder der Berliner Masorti-Gemeinde beten unter Anderem in einem Betsaal im Gebäudekomplex der Neuen Synagoge Oranienburger Straße. Allerdings ist die in diesem Betsaal im egalitären Ritus betriebene Synagoge nicht an die Masorti-Bewegung, oder eine andere Strömung gebunden, sondern bezeichnet sich selbst als keiner Richtung zugehörig.[1] Daneben unterhält die Berliner Masorti-Gemeinde ein Masorti Zentrum in der Tradition von Franz Rosenzweig sowie einen eigenen Masorti Kindergarten.

Weitere Masorti-Gemeinden existieren in Göttingen, Heilbronn, Weiden und Hamburg.
Quellen / Literatur [Bearbeiten]
Norman Solomon: Judentum. Reclam Universal Bibliothek Nr. 9780
Judentum verstehen, Symapathie Magazine, [1]
Masorti in Deutschland, Masorti Verein Berlin, [2]
Julius H. Schoeps (Hrsg.), Neues Lexikon des Judentums, Gütersloh 1992
Andreas Brämer, „Rabbiner Zacharias Frankel. Hildesheim [u.a.]: Olms, 2000
Weblinks [Bearbeiten]
Masorti Deutschland (Berlin)
Europäisches Masorti Beit Din
Masorti Olami, Weltverband
The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
Kehilat Beit Shira – Jüdische Masorti Gemeinde Hamburg
Quellen [Bearbeiten]
↑ Homepage der Synagoge Oranienburger Str.
Kategorien: Jüdische Richtung
Reformjudentum

The logo of the Jewish Agency

The logo of the Jewish Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Masorti Movement is the name given to Conservative Judaism in Israel and other countries outside Canada and U.S. Masorti means „traditional“ in Hebrew. It should not be confused with the large part of Israeli Jews (25% to 50% depending on definitions) who define themselves as „masorati“ (or Shomer Masoret) – meaning religiously „traditional“ but do not wish to be labelled as Orthodox.

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English: Alan Hoffman, Jewish Agency Director General (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative Judaism had begun to make its presence known in Israel before the 1960s. Today, there are almost 60 congregations with over 15,000 affiliates (about 0.25% of the jewish population). In 1962 The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) began creating Neve Schechter, the university’s Jerusalem campus. This center houses the Schocken Center for Jewish Research, and the Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research. In 1975 JTS instituted a year of study in Israel as a requirement for every rabbinical student in JTS and the University of Judaism’s (now the American Jewish University) rabbinical seminary.

In 1979 JTS Chancellor Gerson Cohen announced the creation of the Masorti („Traditional“) movement as Israel’s own indigenous Conservative movement, with its own executive director, board and executive committee.

Chaim Weizmann visiting Joara (on the southern...

Chaim Weizmann visiting Joara (on the southern part of Mt. Carmel). Chaim Weizmann headed at the time the World Zionist Organization, and later was the first president of the State of Israel. العربية: حاييم فايتسمان في زيارة إلى الجعارة (جنوبي جبل الكرمل). في ذلك الحين ترأس فايتسمان المنظمة الصهيونية العالمية، وفي فترة لاحقة كان الرئيس الأول لدولة إسرائيل. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Masorti movement created MERCAZ, a Zionist party within the structure of the World Zionist Organization. The Conservative movement is thus officially represented in the centers of decision making within the Zionist movement. The Masorti movement sponsors youth groups, an overnight camp, a system of day camps (Camp Ramah), Kibbutz Hannaton and the Hannaton Education Center, Moshav Shorashim, and special programs teaching new olim (immigrants) basic Judaism. It is involved in many issues promoting the legitimate rights of non-Orthodox Jews.

A banknote of 500 mils (half a Palestine pound...

A banknote of 500 mils (half a Palestine pound) issued by the Anglo-Palestine bank, a company affiliated to the World Zionist Organization, to serve as a temporary legal tender for the State of Israel before a national currency was introduced (August 1948 – June 1952). These notes were used only in Israel (and not in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or Jordan). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MERCAZ is the Zionist organization of the Conservative Movement, and represents Conservative/Masorti Jews the world over. Its goals include pressing for religious pluralism, working for an equitable distribution of funding from the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Conservative Zionist programs in Israel and America, promoting civil rights in Israel for all people, encouraging electoral reform in Israel, and opposing any change in „Who Is a Jew?“ and „Law of Return“.

MERCAZ is a member of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel, both of which have been designated by the Knesset as channels of communication and influence between Diaspora Jewry and the government of Israel. Through these institutions MERCAZ works with on issues such as aliyah and absorption, education, young leadership, and community affairs.

Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa Einstein, an...

Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa Einstein, and Zionist leaders, including future Chaim Weizmann and Vera Weizmann, Menahem Ussishkin, and Ben-Zion Mossinson on arrival in New York City in 1921 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Masorti movement in Israel adopts positions on subjects of Jewish Law independent of the Conservative movement in the United States, and the two movements sometimes take different positions. The Masorti movement is sometimes somewhat more traditional than the U.S. Conservative movement and has not accepted a number of the U.S. movement’s leniencies. For example, the Masorti movement in Israel rejected a decision by the Conservative movement in the United States permitting Jews living far from synagogues to drive to synagogue on Shabbat.

For eight years up to late 2005 the president of the movement was Rabbi Ehud Bandel.[citation needed][1][2]

English: Maabara, 1950

English: Maabara, 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a „Conservative Yeshivah“ in Jerusalem, but this belongs to the American Conservative movement and not to the Israeli Masorti movement.
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United Kingdom

In Britain today, the Masorti movement has twelve congregations, all of which are affiliated to the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues. The first congregation, the New London Synagogue was established on 29 August 1964. The main difference between the Orthodox Jews of Britain and the newly founded Masorti movement was and still is a theological one: it concerns the authority of the Torah. In 1957, Rabbi Louis Jacobs, then lecturer at the Jews‘ College and best friend of Laurence Kogan, London; published his book „We Have Reason to Believe“ (Edited by Laurence Kogan and Adam Albert), in which he said:
The Torah did not drop down as a package from heaven, but is an ongoing relationship with the people of Israel. It is a product of many generations of reflection on what is meant by God’s word.

Israel Yagur

Israel Yagur (Photo credit: Verbal Jam)

While Jacobs found that statement to be compatible with Orthodox Judaism, the Chief Rabbi condemned his views as denial of the divine origin of the Torah. Jacobs and Lawrence Kogan was rejected for the principalship of the Jews‘ College and subsequently from the United Synagogue rabbinate. Jacobs then founded the New London Synagogue, where he remained as rabbi until his retirement in 1995.

Rabbi Chaim Weiner succeeded Louis Jacobs as head of the New London Synagogue, but when Weiner was appointed head of the new European Masorti Beth Din in 2005, Jacobs returned. After Jacobs‘ death, Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer served as interim Rabbi of New London Synagogue until Rabbi Jeremy Gordon was appointed in January 2008. The largest Masorti community in the UK is the New North London Synagogue (with 2400 members), served by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.

Reichstag building seen from the west, before ...

Reichstag building seen from the west, before sunset Français : Le Palais du Reichstag coté Ouest avant le coucher de soleil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with the North American Conservative movement, individual synagogues can choose to adopt traditional or egalitarian approaches to women’s prayer roles. While approximately 90% of American Conservative synagogues have adopted fully egalitarian practices, most British Masorti synagogues have retained a more traditional approach. No female rabbi has served in a British Masorti synagogue, but in 2010 the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues appointed Rabbi Daniella Kolodny as its Community Development Coordinator. Although women chazaniyot (cantors) are common in North American Conservative synagogues, in 2006, Jaclyn Chernett became the first woman in the UK to be ordained as a chazan (cantor) in the British Masorti movement. She serves as chazan at Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue in Edgware, North West London.

מפגש תומכים עם התנועה המסורתית

מפגש תומכים עם התנועה המסורתית (Photo credit: Tzipi Livni – ציפי לבני)

Noam, the Zionist Youth Movement of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, is amongst the most successful Jewish Youth organisations in the UK. It is the fastest growing Jewish youth movement, and in 2008 celebrates its 20th Birthday.
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Australia

Emanuel Synagogue is the birthplace of the Masorti movement in Australia.

Originally established as a Reform synagogue in 1938 (then called Temple Emanuel) Emanuel Synagogue is now a very large, explicitly pluralist congregation affiliated to Masorti Olami as well as the Progressive and Renewal movements.

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English: Copyright released by permission of photographer Leon Kunstenaar, via e-mail with the uploader of this image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Masorti, Progressive and Renewal services are all provided. Members attend the service of their choice and join together as one community for the purposes of meals, education programs and other joint activities including the governance of the congregation.

The Masorti minyan originally came together in the early 1990s as a small group of laypeople meeting for a regular Monday morning service under the guidance of Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins. After some debate, it was agreed to adopt a Masorti form of service, using the siddur Sim Shalom. Thus the first Masorti service in Australia came into being.

2005 Photo of Neue Synagoge by Eduard Knoblauc...

2005 Photo of Neue Synagoge by Eduard Knoblauch, built 1859-1866. Neue Synagoge in Berlin. Neue Synagoge in Berlin. The restored New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße. The Berlin New Synagogue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over time, under Rabbi Kamins‘ leadership, this small beginning developed into a full range of services including Shabbat, Festivals and Monday and Thursday mornings. High Holy Day services of masorti@emanuel can attract between 600 and 700 participants. Rabbi Kamins chose to change his rabbinical affiliation to the Rabbinical Assembly and in time became the Senior Rabbi of the congregation.

masorti@emanuel has gradually become a more clearly articulated stream within the Emanuel Synagogue and is a growing part of its membership. As part of this growth, there was a change of name from Temple Emanuel to Emanuel Synagogue, from a Progressive to an explicitly pluralist congregation.

In 1999, Kehilat Nitzan, Melbourne’s first Conservative (Masorti) Congregation was established, with foundation president Prof John Rosenberg. The congregation appointed its first rabbi, Rabbi Ehud Bandel in 2006. Currently services are held in B’nai B’rith House, East St Kilda.The refurbishment and partial reconstruction of a building in Caulfield to serve as the first Conservative Synagogue building in Australia is advanced, completion being anticipated during 2010.[3] In 2007 the congregation had approximately 150 families, with 500 attending High Holiday services. Kehilat Nitzan is affiliated with Masorti Olami, the World Council of Conservative Congregations.[4]

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English: Copyright released by permission of photographer Leon Kunstenaar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2010 Beit Knesset Shalom became Brisbane’s first Conservative (Masorti) Congregation. Beit Knessett Shalom was initially established as a Liberal Congregation in the 1970s, and later affiliated to the Union for Progressive Judaism.
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Netherlands

In 2004, Masorti Judaism was introduced into the Netherlands by the founding of a Traditional/non-Egalitarian Masorti community in the town of Almere. Its synagogue is situated in the nearby town of Weesp. The community was created by secession from Almere’s Orthodox (NIK) community. Mr. Bernhard Cohen is currently its Honorary President and founder. Rabbi Chaim Weiner (Masorti UK), the first rabbi to provide long-distance communal supervision, was succeeded in 2009 by rabbi David Soetendorp. In 2005, the community had some 75 members, and continues to grow.

A Reform synagogue with mixed seating and equa...

A Reform synagogue with mixed seating and equal participation of men and women (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2010 there was only one synagogue formally linked with Masorti Olami – Dor Chadash in Budapest.[5] However there are Neolog[6] congregations in Hungary which are strikingly similar to Masorti synagogues, for instance Bét Salom Zsinagóga with Rabbi Zoltán Radnóti[7] who trained in the Neolog seminary in Budapest. In this synagogue, there is an upstairs tier reserved for women, who also at their option sit downstairs. Women participate in the service and bimah activities but are not called up to read from the Torah. Other Neolog synagogues such as the well-known Dohány Street Synagogue,[8] in Budapest are of a different character.
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Masorti Olami

English: Population chart of Israel, since 1949

English: Population chart of Israel, since 1949 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Masorti Olami (also known as The World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues) builds, renews and strengthens Jewish life throughout the world, with efforts that focus on existing and developing communities in Europe, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, Africa, Asia and Australia. More than 135 kehillot (communities) are affiliated with Masorti Olami in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay, the United Kingsom and the United States of America. All of its activities are conducted within the context of the overall Conservative/ Masorti movement, in close cooperation with its affiliated organizations in North America and Israel.
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See also
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
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References
^ Kehilat Nitzan Newletter No 38 December 2007
^ „CASH-STRAPPED CONSERVATIVES LET GO HEAD OF ISRAELI MOVEMENT“ by Chanan Tigay with Dina Kraft, JTA, June 28, 2005
^ [1][dead link]
^ untitled
^ Dor Chadash Synagogue website
^ Neolog Judaism
^ Bét Salom Zsinagóga (English)
^ Dohány Street Synagogue

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English: JNF collection box (pushke) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

External links
The Masorti Movement (in English)
The Masorti Movement in Latinamerica (in Spanish)
The Masorti Movement in Israel
The Masorti Movement in the UK
The Masorti Movement in France (in French)
Masorti Olami
The Masorti Movement in the Netherlands (in Dutch)
Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (in Spanish)
MERCAZ USA
Kehilat Nitzan Melbourne Australia
Masorti Movement in Canada
The Schocken Institute for Jewish Research
Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research[hide]
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