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  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    September 10, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • With shul scandal and school closing, Conservative Jews reeling in Sharon, Mass.

    May 27, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been a rough few weeks for Conservative Jews in the Boston suburbs known as the South Area.

    First, Rabbi Barry Starr, the longtime spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Sharon, resigned amid allegations that he used synagogue discretionary funds to pay about $480,000 in hush...

  • Israeli cabinet secretary plans to block Robinson’s Arch transfer

    February 27, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Israeli Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit intends to block a draft agreement that would transfer control of parts of the Western Wall to a right-wing Israeli nonprofit.

    Mandelblit’s decision to oppose the tentative deal comes shortly after a group of Reform and Conservative...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

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  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the...

  • Reform biennial opens to outsiders

    December 4, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    First there was the Conservative movement’s October biennial conference, billed as “the conversation of the century” and opened up to presenters from outside the movement.

    Then came the November General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America, which featured a “Global...

  • Conservative Judaism reborn — in Germany

    November 26, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Of late, it’s been depressing to be a Conservative Jew. News of demographic and organizational challenges have fed a frenzy of articles delighting in our imminent demise. Many of the criticisms of Conservative Judaism are rooted in serious and valid concerns. Many of them are...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hillel serves up diverse buffet and Orthodoxy dividing the community

    October 30, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hillel Buffet Serves Up a Diverse Menu

    Hillel at UCLA enjoys a good relationship with the local Chabad (“Sharing the Next Gen — Hillel and Chabad on Campus,” Oct. 25). The unconditional love they exhibit is indeed laudable, and it is true that Chabad’s free Friday night dinners...

  • Goy until proven Jewish

    October 23, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    “Who is a Jew?” is a uniquely Jewish question. It is a question that epitomizes the Jewish people and culture. It is a philosophical question that embodies the history of Jewish debate. It is a question of belonging that symbolizes Jews as a minority. It seems like a theoretical...

  • Why Orthodoxy is growing

    By Dennis Prager

    October 23, 2013 | 11:58 am

    As almost every Jew knows by now, according to major reports on American Jewry — such as the most recent and most highly regarded Pew report — Orthodoxy is growing, while Conservative and Reform Judaism are shrinking. 

    Before presenting my explanations, I think it important to...

  • The future of Conservative Judaism

    October 21, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Rabbi Artson delivered this address as the keynote speaker of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism “Conversation of the Century” centennial conference in Baltimore, Md. on Oct. 13, 2013.

    I will lift my eyes to the mountains from where my help comes.  My help comes from...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

    May 23, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions.

    Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy....

  • Rabbis to Boy Scouts: Lift ban on gay members

    May 22, 2013 | 10:39 am

    More than 500 rabbis and cantors urged the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on homosexual members when the youth group’s National Council convenes in Dallas this week.

    Representatives of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements signed the letter, which was...

  • How to become a Jew

    May 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    1. ENROLL IN A CONVERSION PROGRAM

    There are a variety of options for how to begin the process, but all involve study with a rabbi. Some people study with an individual rabbi for a period of time, and other people enroll in group classes designed especially for converts.

    People...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

  • Western wall compromise raises hopes, but still faces obstacles

    April 10, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Natan Sharansky presented what could be a historic proposal to add a space for egalitarian prayer to the Western Wall on Tuesday.

    Israeli religious pluralism activists, however, fear that the proposal will take years to implement and could face roadblocks that prevent it from...

  • Rabbi David Hartman’s learned students remember their rebbe

    February 13, 2013 | 9:35 am

    An Advocate for Divine Honesty

    David Hartman was sui generis; he was a unique individual who was very excited about ideas and at the same time pragmatic. Who believed that believing is best expressed in behavior. To believe is to behave.

    This is very clear in his latest book,...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • The queerness of love: A Jewish case for same-sex marriage

    January 24, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Last year, I officiated at the first same-sex wedding in the 145-year history of my synagogue.  For a Conservative congregation, this was quite a break with tradition.  Nevertheless,  I was proud to stand beneath the wedding canopy with this couple, who affirmed the sacredness of...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

  • $5 million budget hole is latest woe for Conservative synagogue group

    January 8, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    The congregational arm of the Conservative movement ran a cumulative budget deficit of more than $5 million over the past two years, JTA has learned, renewing longstanding concerns for the future of one of the movement's key institutional pillars.

    According to a financial audit...

  • Rabbi Irwin Groner, ex-Rabbinical Assembly president, dies at 81

    January 3, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    Rabbi Irwin Groner, a former president of the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly, has died.

    Groner, who led Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Detroit for more than four decades, died Dec. 30 at a hospital in that city. He was 81 and suffered from Parkinson's disease.

    He...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders join gun control call

    December 21, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Top figures from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements joined an interfaith call for greater gun controls in the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Julie...

  • Conservative day school cancels Boy Scout troops over exclusion of gay leaders

    October 25, 2012 | 9:48 am

    A Conservative Jewish day school will not renew its Boy Scouts charter because of the organization's policy excluding gay and lesbian adults as leaders.

    The Golda Och Academy in West Orange, N.J., said in a letter to parents last week that the Scouts' policy presents a...

  • The space between

    October 24, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it the individual citizen who is more important in a free society, or is it the government? It’s easy to see this as the philosophical choice during this election season: One side seems to favor the liberty of the individual, while the other favors the primacy of the government....

  • Everything is easier than doing good

    By Dennis Prager

    September 5, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Some thoughts for Rosh Hashanah:

    If we took a vote on what trait we human beings most value, goodness would undoubtedly win. Certainly goodness is the trait that we most want everyone else to possess.

    But if we say we value goodness above everything else — and surely Judaism...

  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

    For...

  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • Sam Raimi’s latest horror flick draws on ‘true’ tale, Jewish exorcism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Back in 2004, the horror-flicks mogul Sam Raimi was riveted by a Los Angeles Times article headlined “A Jinx in a Box?” which recounted the strange history of a wine cabinet brought to this country by a Polish concentration camp survivor. The box contained “allegedly, one...

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