The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. Founded in 1987, IRAC seeks to advance pluralism in Israeli society and to defend the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. IRAC advocates on behalf of a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy.
IRAC is committed to advancing religious diversity and defending freedom of religion in Israeli society and works to create a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy based on the principles of social justice and equality. Rooted in progressive Judaism, IRAC presents a vision of Israel that retains its Jewish character without compromising on humanistic and democratic values. In this we echo Israel's Declaration of Independence, which emphasizes that the State of Israel will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace; and will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex.
IRAC's core activities are focused on the following objectives:
Fighting religious extremism and gender segregation in the public domain.
Fighting racism and advancing a shared society between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Advancing religious freedom and dismantling the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate's monopoly.
Securing equal status for all streams of Judaism in Israel.
IRAC uses legal action, public policy, and advocacy to advance its goals, as well as direct action to mobilize our own constituencies and the wider Israeli public.