A UNIFYING VISION FOR AN ENDURING PEOPLE
A UNIFYING VISION FOR AN ENDURING PEOPLE
THE TIES THAT BIND
About our Common Destiny
Our Common Destiny is a new initiative aimed at strengthening global Jewry by linking Jewish communities worldwide to a shared set of values, shaped by the input of tens of thousands of diverse Jews across national, religious and cultural identities. Founded by Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, under the auspices of the Office of the President of Israel, Our Common Destiny seeks to unite the global Jewish community around our commonalities, ensuring a thriving future for the Jewish people and humanity.
All Jews are connected to each other even though our journeys may be different. Now, more than ever in our recent history, it is important that we forge inspiring bonds with one another and embrace the diversity of the Jewish people. Our Common Destiny seeks to convene Jews from around the world to help shape a collective vision for our Jewish future.
The opportunities and challenges before us demand that we deepen our understanding of one another and commit ourselves to the greater cause of unity. Together, we can create a movement that unites us in our pursuit of a brighter future for our people and the world at large.
Our current focus is to connect the Jewish world through a crowdsourced online movement that unites us as a people by defining our collective priorities, upon which we will build our common destiny.
“If we sincerely embrace our diversity while cherishing our shared history, then this document can truly serve as a set of principles for our common destiny, a roadmap for the future of the Jewish people.” Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel
The foundational text of Our Common Destiny is the Declaration: a living document that embodies how we share common, deeply held Jewish values. These bedrock values transcend our individual religious practices, our national and cultural identities, and our politics. These values are timeless and help unite us globally as a people.
Crafting such a document is no easy task, especially given the challenges of the differing beliefs, perspectives and languages of the Jewish world. That is why we launched this initiative by recruiting a diverse group of renowned international Jewish scholars, thought leaders and activists to provide feedback on our initial attempt to draft such a document. We are grateful for their contributions to this complex task, as well as their wisdom and insights.
The first draft of the Declaration was presented by Our Common Destiny Scholars to the President of Israel in Jerusalem in September 2019.
LAUNCH: The Our Common Destiny Forum
Jerusalem, September 9-11, 2019
The Our Common Destiny Forum took place in Jerusalem on September 9-11, 2019 and was attended by the Our Common Destiny Scholars who saw the culmination of their work presented to the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin on September 10, 2019. The presentation of this initial draft of the Declaration served as the official launch of this journey.
Crowdsourcing the Declaration
After convening global Jewish thought leaders to create the initial draft of the Declaration in 2019, Our Common Destiny is now crowdsourcing the perspectives of the global Jewish community on the Declaration document. In order to incorporate a wide range of views from all over, we have developed a dynamic survey and learning platform for Jews worldwide to share and discuss the principles and possibilities for the Jewish Future.
We encourage all those who are interested in getting involved with the virtual Declaration of Our Common Destiny to contribute your voice by filling in the survey here.
In the time since the 2019 forum, we have been sharing the vision of Our Common Destiny and the draft of the Declaration with Jewish leaders and communities around the world for discussion, learning and engagement. Our objective for this second phase of the initiative is to further develop the text of the Declaration, which we hope will lead toward a shared, inspired vision for our collective future and the start of a global movement to unite and strengthen the bond of the Jewish people.
Later this year, Our Common Destiny will present an updated draft of the Declaration to President Rivlin, featuring new perspectives from all over the world. Following this crowdsourcing effort, a group of key communal leaders will convene in Jerusalem for the second Forum to recommend next steps to act on the Declaration. Our Common Destiny will also select key Diaspora and youth voices to be part of this event.President Rivlin has repeatedly testified to the power and importance of this initiative and to the Declaration of Our Common Destiny.
Our Common Destiny is a joint initiative of Genesis Philanthropy Group and the State of Israel, under the auspices of the President of Israel