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Over the past 20 years, Tzohar has succeeded in bringing millions of Israelis closer to their Jewish Heritage. A brand name in Israel, our groundbreaking initiatives continue to guarantee a strong Jewish Israel for the next generation. In order to to continue to improve Jewish life for all Jews in Israel, Tzohar focuses on three specific areas of activity:
(1) Rabbinic Leadership (2) Public Policy (3) Grassroots Services.


(1) Rabbinic Leadership


Rabbinic Council

TZOHAR's Rabbinic Council consists of highly-respected moderate Zionist Rabbis representing a wide range of opinions. This unified Council leverages its combined authority in order to wield significant influence on the Jewish nature of the State of Israel. The Council reaches Halachik rulings on relevant issues positively impacting legislation and public policy, on practical matters of religion and state. In the short time since its initiation, the Council has become a positive, driving force in Israel’s social arena reaching monumental Halachik decisions which have great impact on the face of Jewish life in Israel.


INSTITUTE FOR HALACHIK RESEARCH

The Institute of Halachik Research will engage highly respected senior rabbis in the rabbinic world to carry out in-depth Halachik research on pressing national issues where Jewish law and values meet the realities of the modern world. The research will deal with the application of these Jewish values and Torah in the Jewish State - a modern Western society with diverse values. The Institute will concentrate its research on three key areas, the family, social issues and religion in modern times. These subjects are particularly significant to our existence as a meaningful Jewish society. This body of research will be instrumental in establishing a new brand of Halacha bearing testament to the fact that the State of Israel, despite differences of opinion, can remain unified and preserve its Jewish values.


RABBINIC ENRICHMENT

TZOHAR's Rabbinic Enrichment courses are renowned for their professional, tolerant and inclusive approach. The courses include a wide variety of pastoral skills with a focus on opening the community doors for religious and secular families alike.


(2) Public Policy


It is the perspectives and actions of politicians and lawmakers that inevitably define the Jewish and social character of the State of Israel. The complex integration between Religion and State make TZOHAR's Public Policy activities of utmost importance in this regard. TZOHAR's provides Knesset Members and public leaders with Jewish outlook and content for their legislative efforts. In recent years, TZOHAR has become one of Israel's most influential NGOs, driving and shaping public policy in the areas of Religion & State. Our growing accomplishments directly serve to guarantee the Jewish future of the State of Israel for the next generation.


(3) Grassroots Services


Founded upon loyalty to the State of Israel and commitment to Halacha, TZOHAR provides direct services to tens of thousands of Israeli families in the areas of Jewish Status (Jewish Marriage and proof of Jewish roots) & Jewish Identity (Jewish holiday prayers and celebrations). By providing Israeli Jews with a meaningful, Jewish experience, TZOHAR has succeeds in combating assimilation, promoting Jewish heritage and unifying Israeli society.

Jewish Marriage Project

Jewish couples in Israel can only marry and obtain their Marriage License via the Rabbinate. Sadly, over one third of Israel’s secular couples, resent this coercive, bureaucratic encounter and opt for civil alternatives in Cyprus or Prague. Aside from the tragic loss of Jewish tradition, the children of these couples will find it virtually impossible to prove their Jewish roots later in life. Since 1996, TZOHAR has been working to preserve Jewish marriage in Israel and combat this wave of mass assimilation. After dramatic legal struggles, TZOHAR succeeded in creating Israel’s only private registry that serves as a legal and Halachik interface to the Rabbinate, customized for secular couples. Every year thousands of TZOHAR volunteer rabbis & women accompany more than 8,000 secular brides & grooms throughout their entire wedding procedure to ensure an embracing, inclusive and inspiring Jewish marriage experience.


Shorashim Forensic Unit

The majority of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union are born Jewish but are unable to prove their Jewish roots. They are legally prohibited from marrying as Jews in Israel. Consequently, they pursue civil marriage abroad, practically terminating their own Jewish status and that of their future children. By conducting rigorous forensic work, TZOHAR'S Shorashim project helps immigrants from the FSU, north and south America, authenticate their Jewish status and thus legally marry as Jews in Israel. Shorashim's staff work tirelessly to obtain the necessary documentation, photos and testimonies from international archives and databases. Shorashim utilizes a wide range of international resources and explores every possible avenue in order to ascertain the clients' Jewish status. TZOHAR's Shorashim Forensic Unit assists thousands of immigrants each year to prove their Jewish roots, legally marry as Jews and preserve their Jewish identity.


Jewish Holidays Project

The Tzohar LeChagim project is designed to make Jewish holiday traditions accessible to all Jews in Israel, infusing the holidays with meaningful, Jewish content in an embracing and non-coercive atmosphere. TZOHAR holiday events for Yom Kippur, Purim and Shavuot are hosted in kibbutzim, moshavim and cultural centers across Israel. These events are staffed by hundreds of volunteers and attract 100,000 participants annually.