Inbar Bluzer Shalem is a founder and the director of Rashut Ha`Rabim, a partnership of more than 30 organizations in Jerusalem, which aims to transform Jerusalem into the global capital of Jewish renaissance. Previously, Inbar founded and directed Haifa Hillel, and she is the alumna of six pluralistic Batei Midrash programs in Israel. Inbar was the first Hillel shlicha to University of Massachusetts. Inbar holds a BA in economics and an MA in humanitarian affairs through a joint program of Israelis and Palestinians in Italy and is now studying toward rabbinic ordination at HUC and an MA in pluralistic Jewish education at Hebrew University. She is married and lives in Jerusalem with three of the most amazing children in the city.
The Jerusalem Forum of Jewish Renaissance Organizations was founded in 2011, with the goal of bringing a diversity of Jewish voices to the forefront, and of strengthening and empowering the rich Jewish renaissance activity taking place in Jerusalem.
The forum’s unique contribution is the creation of a realm for joint activity for the Jerusalem organizations that share a Jewish, Zionist, pluralistic world view. The aim: to bring about a change in the public discourse and Jewish culture in the city, both in the public space and government corridors.
Over thirty organizations with diverse world views are partners in the forum. The organizations operate in the realm of Jewish renewal through different channels of activity: education, culture, lobbying and activism, and employ a range of strategies and work methods.
The forum’s activity strengthens the ideological and practical basis for partnership among the liberal forces in the city, and constitutes a venue for organizations in the forum through which they can join forces and pool resources.
The activity of the forum resounds in a refreshing, strong and clear voice, rooted in the world of Jewish learning, Zionism, and values-based discourse. This voice weighs in against processes of anti-liberal extremism, which cast a shadow on the personal and cultural diversity – Jewish and non-Jewish – that characterize Jerusalem.