In a nation dominated by a monolithic religious establishment, Rabbi David Stav leads a remarkable movement. Tzohar is dedicated to forming what is essentially a parallel rabbinate in Israel, one that offers Israelis a more moderate and less onerous option for religious services.
Tzohar sees its mission as “nurturing moderate, rabbinic leadership and shaping public policy” in opposition to a “bureaucratic, dysfunctional and highly political” religious monopoly.
Saying that he fears secular Israelis may leave the country because of their experiences with the ultra-Orthodox monopoly over the rabbinate, Stav says his organization is “the ultimate address, the alternative for those Jews who want to be engaged with Judaism but don’t want to be connected to the establishment. I want all Jewish people to feel that Israel is their place.” (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.)