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On Tisha B’Av, Religious and Secular Youth Meet to Bridge Divides

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

An article in the English edition of the Israeli 'Davar' newspaper covers youth movement initiative to bring together youth of different religious and political beliefs.

HaNoar HaOved, the youth movement associated with Dror Israel, and Bnei Akiva – the Jewish religious youth movement – have been for some years working to bridge the religious-secular divide that threatens to tear apart Israeli society. One of the main annual events of this partnership is the discussion circles held on the 9th of Av – the Jewish fast day commemorating the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem.

The article quotes an attending Bnei Akiva counselor as saying, “At the end of the day, we will not be able to see eye to eye on everything. But we are members of movements that will lead and volunteer together, and that means something to each other."

Her words echo the goals of the partnership between the two very different youth movements – to ensure that members of both movements are focused on what unites them: commitment to the future of Israel as a prosperous democratic and Jewish society.

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