For more than 40 years, Gesher has been bridging the gaps between different segments of Israeli society. Gesher’s message is, “Be different, be together”; remain true to yourself while coexisting with those who are different from you.
Gesher’s innovative programming targets current leaders of Israel, future leaders of Israel and the Israeli public. Through its programming, Gesher advances a vibrant and inclusive vision of Judaism in Israel. Our dynamic, often life-changing educational and cultural programs foster a society based on mutual respect, dialogue, acceptance and co-existence. In facilitating dialogue and mediation between Jews of all kinds of backgrounds, we have reached and affected over 1 million Jews since Gesher’s founding.
As articulated profoundly by Gesher’s Founder and President Emeritus, Dr. Danny Tropper:
“Our Jewish identity, which should serve to unite the diverse Jewish people in Israel, has instead been the cause of a deep rift between communities. This split has resulted in anger and alienation and is tearing the nation apart. Healing the rift can only come by way of enlightened Jewish education that can become the common denominator for genuine dialogue between different sectors of the nation.”
Gesher is the only organization on the forefront of creating the social change necessary to ensure the future safety and vibrancy of Israel and the Jewish people. As Israel becomes more fragmented and diaspora Jews are looking to Israel for their own connection and/or future security, Gesher is bridging the huge divide not only between Jews in Israel but also between Jews around the world.