The ITIM Public Policy Center promotes policy reform and government transparency and accountability in State-administered matters of Jewish life. Staff monitor public policies and procedures, expose discriminatory practices, participate in Knesset hearings, prepare position papers, and operate public education programs. The Center has brought attention and change to central issues of Jewish identity and Jewish life, including the government’s recognition of citizens’ official Jewish status, its acceptance of the authority of non-Israeli rabbis, gender equality in marriage procedures, ritual bath practices, burial rights, and more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITIM Public Policy Center is ensuring that State religious authorities comply with public health guidelines, and that public health guidelines allow for the safe practice of Jewish rituals. Its work has improved burial procedures and mikveh sanitation around the country.