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Jewish State Bill

July 18, 2018

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) issued the following statement after passage of a bill in the Knesset that officially characterizes “Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People.” The new law sets forth a number of basic principles pertaining to Israel’s connection to the Jewish people, states that a united Jerusalem is its capital, declares that Israel will promote Jewish settlement, and mandates that the Jewish Sabbath and holidays are established days of rest in Israel.
“The National Council of Young Israel applauds the Members of Knesset who voted in favor of the Jewish nation-state legislation and we are gratified that it has now become law. This noteworthy bill codifies what we all know to be fundamental principles and rudimentary facts relative to the deep-seated and longstanding link that the Jewish people and Israel have shared for thousands of years. Israel is indeed the ‘national home of the Jewish people’ and anyone attempting to deny that basic premise is turning a blind eye to history and disregarding what is an elemental truth.

“While the democratic State of Israel facilitates freedom of religion and affords people of various backgrounds the right to visit and reside there, the reality is that Israel is inherently a Jewish state and affirming that fact does not contravene the liberties that it benevolently bestows to individuals of other faiths. Passage of this bill was vital to ensure the continuity of the connection between the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and publicly pronouncing that Israel is the Nation State of the Jewish People is an essential legislative act that is long overdue.” 


Please click here to read also the Times of Israel / Jewish Week article: American Orthodox Leaders Back Israel’s Nation-State Law


For the past 106 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and approximately 135 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.
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