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  • Reform rabbis join suit fighting N.C.’s same-sex marriage ban

    June 10, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    The Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis joined a lawsuit against North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages.

    The lawsuit, which was filed April 28 by the United Church of Christ and several same-sex couples, alleges that North Carolina’s Amendment One and...

  • The Eco-Jewish Moments of Pete Seeger: Our Loving Admiration

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    January 30, 2014 | 5:21 am

    In 1998, The Shalom Center and the Elat Chayyim spiritual retreat center co-sponsored a “liturgical/spiritual protest” against the poisoning of the Hudson River by the PCBs that the General Electric Corporation had poured into it.

    The protest was held at Beacon NY on the banks...

  • Petition Congress: Give shalom a chance!  Give diplomacy with Iran a chance!

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    January 29, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Give shalom a chance! 

    Give diplomacy with Iran a chance!

    Dear friends,

    That is not just a slogan. We need to act on it, because others are acting against it – trying to torpedo diplomacy. And they might win, unless we act.

    If they do win,  they will actually make it more...

  • B’nai Mitzvah @ 50… and beyond

    July 19, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Trisha Roth completed two years of study in order to be ready for her recent bat mitzvah. When the big day came, she wore a tallit that belonged to her late brother. But something else made the experience particularly special.

    She was 67.

    A grandmother of seven — her youngest...

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  • Gordon, Schulman appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

    April 10, 2013 | 5:33 am

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon and Maureen Schulman are the newest members of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    They were appointed Tuesday by President Obama.

    Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon is the founding rabbi of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Ill. and is vice president of the...

  • The 21st century b’nai mitzvah

    By Ryan Torok

    March 13, 2013 | 7:41 am

    When Isa Aron considers b’nai mitzvah today, she gets the impression that parents — and sometimes synagogues — care more about their son or daughter performing flawlessly when on the bimah than they do about their forming lasting connections to Judaism.

    “The moment itself is...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 6, 2013 | 5:44 am

    The Reform leadership organization Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) honored 33 CCAR rabbis who have performed 50 years of service in the rabbinate. Among the honorees are Rabbis Harvey Fields of Wilshire Boulevard Temple; Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El in San...

  • Getting to Know You...

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 27, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    In 2000, an urban congregation of 1,000 families found itself at a crossroads. The synagogue had a balanced budget and a beloved rabbi who was retiring after three decades, but its building was badly in need of repairs and the congregation was aging. To survive, the leadership felt...

  • ‘The Feminine Mystique’: ‘All that I am I will not deny’

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    February 21, 2013 | 11:54 am

    In reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking The Feminine Mystique, Stephanie Coontz wrote in the New York Times that “readers who return to this feminist classic today are often puzzled by the absence of concrete political proposals to change the status...

  • More Reform rabbis performing interfaith weddings

    July 3, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    Danny Richter and his fiancée, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding, yet this fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

    The event marks other significant firsts: It also will be the first time that Rabbi Jill Perlman,...

  • First Woman Heads Reform Conference

    By Abby Cohn

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Janet Marder has a surprising confession for someone who is making history as the first woman president of the Reform movement's 1,800-member Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

    She's seriously shy.

    "I had years of stage fright before I had to stand up in a crowd,"...

  • New Israel Fund Honors Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, Rabbi Richard Levy, executive director of the Los Angeles Hillel Council, introduced to the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Pittsburgh a new Reform movement manifesto. And according to Rabbi Susan Laemmle, that's not his only contribution to Reform. For without...