Up to 13% of Israeli Jews (800,000) identify as Reform or Conservative but less than one percent (12,000) pay synagogue dues, Israel’s Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) reported.
The two movements have 125 communities in Israel, 56 of them with permanent synagogues, 85 communal rabbis and 1,800 youngsters in youth movements.
All these figures are significantly larger than even one decade ago, JPPI said, and could increase to the extent that 20-30% of secular Israelis view non-Orthodox Judaism as preferable in the near future.
The movements’ greatest progress is in conducting alternative lifestyle events – they conduct 1,000 weddings, 3,000 bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, 400 conversions and close to 1,000 funerals and conversions yearly. The movements receive millions of shekels from the government versus the billions received by Orthodox groups.