Kadima is founded in 1978.

  • By Lee Micklin
  • Posted 11/02/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 138

In the spring of 1978, Kadima (meaning "forward" in Hebrew), founded as the Jewish Liberation Alliance, is created to educate Jews and non-Jews about Jewish and Israeli history and to promote peace in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis. In January 1979, the group changes its name to Kadima: A Progressive Jewish Organization.

Kadima's political activities included protesting for a two-state solution in the Middle East and against Neo-Nazism and apartheid. In 1987, Kadima founded the Kadima Community School, an independent supplemental school, which teaches Jewish culture, history, ritual, language, and ethics within a context of progressive values. Kadima provides children with a high-quality Jewish education in an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity. It provides adult members an opportunity to be part of a progressive Jewish community. In 1994, the organization and school merged to form one identity.

In 2000, Kadima welcomed its first rabbi, Rabbi Drorah O'Donnell Setel.


Kadima Website accessed November 2, 1998 (www.kadima.org).

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