Our Common Destiny, A roadmap for the future of the Jewish people

– – Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel

Our Common Destiny Seeks to Unite the Jewish World

by increasing mutual understanding between Jews living in Israel and the Diaspora while advancing a common future for the Jewish people based on our shared values.

About

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 strong bonds with one another and embrace the diversity of the Jewish people. Together, we can create a movement that unites us in our pursuit of a brighter future for the global Jewish community and entire world. 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 is connecting the Jewish world through a crowdsourced online movement to develop a collective vision for the Jewish people and shape our shared 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, rather than succumb to those forces that divide us.

Declaration

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.

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Founding Partners

Our Common Destiny is a joint initiative of Genesis Philanthropy Group and the State of Israel, under the auspices of the President of Israel.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

Gennady Gazin Chairman of the Board
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Ministry of Diaspora Affairs

Dr. Nachman Shai Minister of Diaspora Affairs
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President of Israel

Mr. Isaac Herzog H.E. The President of the State of Israel

Premier Partners

Global Partners

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Launching a Movement

At the request of the President of Israel, Our Common Destiny engaged hundreds of thousands of members of the Jewish community from around the world with the content of the Declaration and received input from over 130,000 people who shared what values from the Declaration inspire them. The findings of the public poll show that:
  • The value of “Mutual Responsibility” ranks 2nd in Israel with 57% of the votes and 1st among Diaspora Jewry with 46% of the votes
  • The value of “Strengthening Jewish identity” ranks 3rd in Israel with 51% of the votes and 2nd among Diaspora Jewry with 45% of the votes
  • The value of “Security & well-being” ranks 1st in Israel and last among Diaspora Jewry
From the findings we learn that although the issue of the distancing between Israel and Diaspora Jewry persists, the value of mutual responsibility is still of high importance for both communities. In addition, we learn from the data that the Jewish communities in Israel and the Diaspora have similar values and goals that they wish to advance, and that there is much room for cooperation — as in the case of strengthening Jewish identity.

Furthermore, these findings also highlight that each community has different priorities that each merit attention, in order for us to properly celebrate the diversity of the Global Jewish community and all of our distinct needs. Our Common Destiny is working towards a future in which we can share these challenges and opportunities together. In an era where so many forces divide us, it is important that we strive to identify and promote the common ground that unites us.
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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.
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Featured News

President Isaac Herzog meets heads of Our Common Destiny

President Isaac Herzog recently met with members of the Our Common Destiny project, as part of the efforts to promote the project, which aims to strengthen dialogue between Diaspora Jewry and Israeli Jews. Herzog is interested in promoting the project as part of his mission to strengthen unity in Jewish and Israeli societies.

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In Memoriam

Ilia Salita – 1967-2020

Ilia Salita was a beloved colleague of ours and a friend to many in Jewish communities all over the world. He was named as President and CEO of Genesis Philanthropy Group in 2014, and spearheaded its global activities from his office in New York. Under his leadership, GPG engaged and inspired young Jews around the world, strengthened Jewish communal life, supported Jewish culture and built bridges to ensure a robust Jewish future.

Ilia took a business-minded approach to philanthropy as he led a robust expansion of GPG’s agenda in North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union, while launching its efforts in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Thanks to Ilia, GPG has developed a comprehensive global portfolio which includes leading educational, as well as community-building, initiatives across many communities, large and small, around the globe, focused primarily, but not exclusively, on Russian-speaking Jews.

In 2019, Ilia spearheaded the development and launch of the Our Common Destiny Initiative.

Most importantly, Ilia was a kind, sensitive and intelligent person who loved life, respected all he met and for whom his family was the absolute highest priority.

Advisory Board

Gennady Gazin
Chair
Laurie Blitzer
USA
Marcos Metta Cohen
Mexico
Debbie Dadon
Australia
Yisrael Goldschmidt
Israel
Tiffany Harris
USA
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Israel
Hubert Leven
France
Amb. Itamar Rabinovich
Israel
Judith Yovel Recanati
Israel
Rabbi Schlomo Riskin
Israel
Lord Jacob Rothschild
United Kingdom
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l
United Kingdom
Rivka Saker
Israel
Barbara Spectre
Sweden
Judith Tanenbaum
Canada
Prof. Mark Yudof
USA
Dr. Lior Zoref
Israel

Scholars

Éliette Abécassis
France
Prof. Yaarah Bar-on
Israel
Rabbi Kenneth Brander
Israel
Rabbi Sharon Brous
USA
Rabbi Silvina Chemen
Argentina
Gali Cooks
USA
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
USA
Mike Samuel Delberg
Germany
Rabbi Pini Dunner
USA
Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum
Israel
Prof. Yuval Elbashan
Israel
Dr. Daniel Fainstein
Mexico
Gina Flash
South Africa
Gal Gabai
Israel
Rachel Gerrol
USA
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt
Russia
Dr. Micah Goodman
Israel
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg
USA
Dr. Robert Harris
United Kingdom
Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur
France
Tal Keinan
USA
Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone
USA
Rabbi Harold Loss
USA
Erica Lyons
Hong Kong
Rabbi Yaakov Meidan
Israel
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Israel
Yehuda Neuberger
USA
Tracie Olcha
Australia
Zoya Raynes
USA
Alex Rif
Israel
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachimi
USA
Prof. Jonathan Sarna
USA
Bat-Galim Sha’ar
Israel
Rabbi Dr. Shalom Sharon
Israel
Prof. Gil Troy
Israel
Prof. Zsofia Kata Vincze
Romania
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amos Yadlin
Israel

Staff

Sanford R. (Sandy) Cardin
CEO
Sivan Aloni
Project Director
Katherine Zeveleva
Project Manager