Jewish Journal

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

  • Op-Ed: Conversion wars undermine Israel and its image

    July 26, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Who won the latest round of the conversion wars?

    No one. In these wars, everybody loses.

    To be sure, a broad-based coalition of American Jews, anchored by the federation system and the Reform and Conservative movements, succeeded in convincing Israel’s leaders to delay a vote on...

  • Is There No Other Site for a Museum of Tolerance?

    February 11, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    If one were intent on undermining Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, there would be no better way to accomplish this goal than to build a Jewish museum atop a historic Muslim cemetery in the heart of the city.

    Incredibly, the Simon Wiesenthal Center — a Los Angeles-based organization...

  • Reform Jews must refashion Shabbat

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The following remarks are edited from an hourlong sermon delivered at the biennial of the Union of Reform Judaism held in San Diego on Dec. 15.

    .... In the last half century, working patterns have changed. Not everyone works on Saturday now, and Jews, more than ever before, crave...

  • Time has come to stress Islam’s positive side

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The following is an excerpt from a speech Rabbi Eric Yoffie delivered Aug. 3 to the Islamic Society of North America's 44th annual convention in Chicago. Yoffie is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish religious movement in North America, consisting of more...
  • ‘Jews Only’ JNF land plan counters Israel’s values

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the following scenario: Italy's Parliament passes a law that restricts the sale of public lands to Christians. Government officials rush to justify the measure, citing historic ties between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. Nonetheless, the consequences of the legislation...