mm logoIn Israel, Judaism is viewed as a divisive issue, splitting the public into religiously observant and secular Jews.  At the same time, growing socio-economic gaps call for social activism and change. By  placing the Jewish values of communal responsibility and tikkun olam (repairing the world) at the center of Jewish identity we have a means of mitigating social gaps and at the same time reducing the polarization within Israeli society.

Since 2000, Memizrach Shemesh has nurtured the language of Jewish social responsibility. The Center, inspired by Mizrachi and Sephardi Jewish experience, philosophy and commentaries, trains social activists and fosters leadership, who are committed to the Jewish values of solidarity and justice. From Kiryat Shemona in the north to Kibbutz Ketura in the south, 500 people annually attend the Center’s ongoing activities.   These join the hundreds of other people spreading the word: Jewish commitment means social responsibility. Memizrach Shemesh was established with the help of the Avi Chai Foundation and Alliance (Kol Yisrael Chaverim).