Conservative Judaism/Masorti Movement
Masorti is the name of the Conservative movement in Israel. It stands for religious pluralism and democratic values in an egalitarian Judaism. Congregation Ohev Sholom proudly supports the work of our friends in the Masorti movement in Israel, most recently their efforts to create a permanent space for pluralistic and egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (Western Wall).
From the Rabbical Assembly website:
The philosophy of the movement, as summarized by Rabbi Bradley Artson in a pamphlet entitled, “Conservative Judaism: Covenant and Commitment,” is as follows:
It is precisely this traditional approach-which combines fidelity to inherited tradition and the courage to integrate necessary change-which motivates Conservative Judaism today. Whether asserting the equality of women, reaffirming the centrality of Shabbat (the Sabbath), kashrut (the dietary laws), tzedekah (charity/justice), and prayer, or applying timeless wisdom to contemporary issues, Conservative Judaism insists on observance of tradition and respect for visionary change. The Conservative Jewish community places its trust in its rabbis to be interpreters of halakhah and guides to Jewish life and learning. Each rabbi serves as halakhic authority for his or her community, and our rabbis collectively give direction through the Rabbinical Assembly.