Netzer Symbol

Netzer Symbol

What does it all mean?

The Magen David, the shields of David, has come to be used in modern times, as a universal symbol of Jewish national identity. As Jewish symbols go, it does not have a particularly ancient background and seems to have been first associated with Judaism in the middle ages. The Magen David was adopted by the Zionist Movement as the Jewish national symbol. Today, the Magen David is the central element of the flag of the State of Israel and in many ways, is symbolic of the unity of Am Israel.

The Menora – is first mentioned in the book of Exodus where it is stated that its design was inspired by a revelation from on high. The seven branches Menora was used in worship in the Temple in Jerusalem. When the Temple was destroyed, it becomes the central symbol of Jewish religious expression. Today the Menora appears as a symbol of the Reform movement world wide.

Ali Netzer – the leaves of Renewal and Redemption. The leaves are symbolic of the "new shoot" referred to the Isaiah 11:2, as well as representing the central Jewish religious theme of the prospect of redemption. They are symbolic of the "fresh approach" created by the Reform movement.

Netzer – the name Netzer – the name of the movement, the Hebrew word means a new shoot, new growth, and it is to be found in Isaiah 11:2: "and a new shoot shall grow forth from his roots; and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."

נ.צ.ר – the Hebrew acronym for Noar Tzioni Reformi - Reform Zionist Youth. Begun in September 1979, and officially founded in January 1980. Netzer is the youth movement which caters for a youth of the Progressive Movement and all young Reform Zionists in the world.