An Accidental Memoirist: Mercaz Reads Israel, "If All The Seas Were Ink"


MERCAZ Reads Israel is a partnership of MERCAZ USA, Mercaz-Masorti Canada, and the Israel…

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Join Mercaz Olami at the Kotel to bring in Tisha B'Av

UPDATE | Wednesday, July 29, 5:00 p.m. EDT: If you missed the live presentation > This beautiful chanting of Megillat Eicha at the Egalitarian Kotel can be viewed on…

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MERCAZ Reads Israel: Register for our book club discussion about 'If All The Seas Were Ink'

MERCAZ USA and MERCAZ-Masorti Canada are proud to announce our second ‘MERCAZ Reads Israel’ book club meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern!

Our upcoming book club meeting will feature a discussion with author Ilana Kurshan, exploring her book ‘If All The…

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Official U.S. Zionist Congress Election Results Have Been Posted

From January 21 through March 11, the American Zionist Movement coordinated a historic Zionist Election to determine the number of delegates, representing 15 slates (including MERCAZ) from the U.S., to serve as representatives in…

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MERCAZ Reads Israel: Catch up with our 1st book & get ready for our 2nd meeting!

This past spring, MERCAZ USA launched our online book club, MERCAZ Reads Israel. MERCAZ Reads Israel is an opportunity for lovers of books and Israel to read literature from contemporary Israeli authors. Our goal is to select books that provide insights to, and understanding…

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Conference of Presidents Members Condemn Mort Klein Black Lives Matter Tweets

Mercaz USA, as a member organization of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, is a signatory on this letter to Mort Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, regarding several of his recent Tweets.

June 12, 2020

Mort Klein
Zionist Organization of America

Dear Mr. Klein,

We, the undersigned members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, condemn the tweets regarding Black…

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MERCAZ Reads Israel | On June 2, Discuss 'A Rabbi's Daughter' with Author Avigail Graetz

May 15, 2020

Join us for our first MERCAZ Reads Israel Book Club Meeting!

Discuss our first book selection, ‘ A Rabbi’s Daughter ‘ with author Avigail Graetz on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m….

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Mercaz Reads Israel Book Club | Inaugural Webinar: A Rabbis Daughter

April 23, 2020

Watch the inaugural webinar for the MERCAZ READS ISRAEL book club!

On Wednesday, April 22, Mercaz USA launched our online book club – MERCAZ Reads Israel – featuring contemporary Israeli literature that provides insight into…

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World Zionist Congress Election 2020 Update

The preliminary results for the 2020 World Zionist Congress election in the U.S. were released by the American Zionist Movement on March 23.

We recognize that in the short time since the election for the World Zionist Congress has ended, that the world has changed…

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MERCAZ Reads ISRAEL: Join The Club Today!

April 7, 2020

Join MERCAZ READS ISRAEL, an online book club featuring contemporary Israeli literature that provides insight into and understanding of the lives and concerns of our Israeli counterparts.

This new, exciting initiative is a partnership between Mercaz USA and the Read More


May 1, 2019

At our Seder tables, we retell the Exodus story of the liberation from bondage of the Jewish people. Throughout the Passover holiday, we read of the power of redemption. Sadly, at the very same time when we celebrate the gift of freedom, we also recall the history of anti-semitism which weighs so heavily on us today.

We are deeply saddened and outraged at yet another senseless shooting of…

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April 29, 2019

Dear Mr. Baquet,

We, the undersigned organizations, were extremely disturbed by the Antisemitic cartoon published in the international edition of the New York Times on April 25th. While we appreciate the clarification and acknowledgment of responsibility, we contend that you continue to owe an explanation.

Moreover, it is difficult to fathom why, at a time of increasing Antisemitism and hate violence, the New York Times editors would have been…

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Our own Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism is featured in The Times of Israel  – 800,000 Israeli Jews, or 13% of the country’s Jewish population, now self-identify as Reform or Conservative, a marked increase from numbers charted in previous studies. The study also found that the number of Reform or Conservative communities throughout Israel has climbed to 125, 56 of which have permanent synagogues.  There are 280 rabbis affiliated with…

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