Beyond Israel is a new program. It is not connected to any organisation nor does it have any political agenda, beyond presenting, as much as possible, a balanced view of Israel. It is a pluralist program that considers all expressions and streams of Judaism as equally valid and is committed to providing an open and safe environment for all participants irrespective of religious affiliation, political belief, gender and community involvement.
In order to establish mutual respect between participants, the program provides those who wish to observe Shabbat and Kashrut the opportunity to do so, yet does not enforce these laws on those who do not.
Beyond Israel views Israel as central to the Jewish experience and endeavours to enhance participant’s connections to the country. The program hopes to achieve this by challenging intellectually and exposing participants to a range of ideas, personalities and sites. Whilst Beyond Israel is a Zionist program, it believes in listening to and respecting the views of both Israelis and Palestinians across the political spectrum in order to truly understand the complexities of Modern Israel.