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Progressive Jewish Leaders Launch Think Tank To Stop Spread of Conservative Ideas

By 09/25/2022 5:00 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

In an attempt to stop ideas from Conservative billionaires from spreading globally, the progressive Institute for Bold Jewish Thought has launched a think tank named Emor.

Emor is a project of T’ruah, an advocacy organization of rabbis dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice. In Hebrew, “emor” is a directive meaning “speak.”

Source: Times of Israel (Emor)5

As it stands, the think tank will fund research, host events with scholars, and publish essays that draw on Jewish traditions and teachings to influence public discourse and policy around issues such as racism, immigration, and LGBTQ rights in the United States. Emor will also provide a forum for scholars and thinkers who are critical of Israel.

The think tank will fund research, host events with scholars, and publish essays that draw on Jewish traditions and teachings to influence public discourse and policy around issues such as racism, immigration and LGBTQ rights in the United States. Emor will also provide a forum for scholars and thinkers who are critical of Israel.

“The right has put significant resources over decades into thought leadership,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the CEO of T’ruah. “In the Jewish world, we have Tikvah Fund and the Maimonides Fund and others who are investing very heavily in putting out conservative ideas that are cloaked in Jewish language and who are claiming authenticity. Emor is a response to the need for the progressive Jewish world to go really deep into our texts in our traditions and in our history and respond to the biggest questions of our moment.”

In the spring, Emor plans to publish a single-issue magazine called Freedom that “reclaims the idea of freedom from those who seek to use it in order to compromise the safety, security and rights of others,” according to a press release.

The organization claims that while right-wing ideas are being promoted in the Jewish world by just a relatively small number of ultra-wealthy donors, Emor is collecting smaller donations from a larger number of supporters.

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