A growing number of restaurants now open on Saturday, an array of cultural events have sprouted up, and for the first time in years, a longtime exodus of secular residents for nearby suburbs appears to have halted.
Carried out in partnership with the Jerusalem Bar Association, the seminar attracted 35 participants. “I found the seminar very useful,” said one attendee, reflecting the general feedback. “It gave me practical tools and a good understanding of the rationale behind them.”
Based on this seminar’s success, the Jerusalem Bar has invited CWJ to conduct another seminar in spring 2013. Upcoming seminars are also being planned in coordination with the Tel Aviv and Hadera Bar associations.
“They go through torture here,” he said, “both at the hands of the Interior Ministry and at the hands of the rabbinate. It’s time the government realized that not every Jew wants to be Orthodox and that anusim are not foreigners but Jews who want to return to the fold.”
"I have great respect for Rabbi Amsalem and the work Am Shalem is doing and seeks to accomplish," the New York native told Anglo File. "However, as of yet, I am undecided as to whether I wish to enter the political arena at this time."