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  • How to save the Conservative movement

    3 weeks ago

    In recent months, there have been several op-eds in Jewish newspapers nationwide about what should be done to reverse the decline of the Conservative movement.

    Before relaying my contribution to the discussion, here are some of the statistics that have insiders panicking.  Since...

  • The Force is strong with Conservative movement teens

    December 28, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    No spoilers here, but you must have noticed by now that “Star Wars” is everywhere. With the recent release of “The Force Awakens,” everyone from die-hard to casual fans are analyzing all aspects of the movie, from the posters to the cameos.

    The big questions fans are asking: Will...

  • The number of Conservative\Reform Jews in Israel goes up (again)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 21, 2015 | 4:10 am

    It's a common belief that Conservative and Reform Judaism are not really dominant in the Israeli Jewish sphere, a common belief that has some truth to it. For many years the dominant religious stream in Israel was Orthodoxy, while other streams – born in Diaspora communities and...

  • Conservative movement praises Netanyahu for regrets on Arab voting statement

    March 25, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Conservative movement leaders applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regrets for an Election Day statement about Arab-Israelis and decried a pledge by J Street to press Jewish groups not to spend in the West Bank.

    “The Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue...

  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    January 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Making a case for the Conservative movement

    By Ryan Torok

    November 26, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    Rumors of the Conservative movement’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, according to Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the New York-based Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the movement’s de facto intellectual center.

    While admitting a number of challenges facing the 100-year-old...

  • Why Orthodox Rabbi Cherlow wants Israel to be more welcoming to Conservative and Reform Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is a well-known and well-respected Israeli Zionist-Orthodox rabbi, but one with a history of controversy. On Tuesday it was reported that Cherlow, in the wake of a U.S. visit, wrote a letter to his students in which he argued that there’s an urgent need to...

  • Q&A With Rabbi Elliot Dorff

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    In the age of 140-character tweets and 38-second video clips, the Conservative movement is putting its foot down with a nearly 1,000-page reference tome, “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.” The book, published by the Rabbinical Assembly...

  • About Conservative ordination of openly gay rabbis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2012 | 7:22 am

    A conversation with Professor Hanan Alexander, chair of the board of trustees of the Conservative Movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Israel, which voted earlier this month to accept openly gay and lesbian candidates for rabbinical ordination.

    You told the Associated Press...

  • ‘Lack of recognition in Israel raises some question about the legitimacy of Reform and Conservative’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Professor Ephraim Tabory of Bar-Ilan University discusses Jewish life in Israel.

    The particular dress of Haredi men and women makes it hard to miss a Haredi Jew. Their presence in Israeli society is perceptually very salient. Their life style also dictates living together in...

  • Conservative and Reform Jews vs. the AVI CHAI Foundation

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 29, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Since I posted last week’s story about the number of Israelis identifying themselves as Conservative and Reform Jews, I’ve been bombarded with emails and calls from people (mostly rabbis) who suspect that there is something fishy about the Guttman report. In various ways they have...

  • Gole to lead Cantor’s Assembly

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Joseph Gole of Sinai Temple will be installed as president of the international Cantors Assembly during the organization's convention in Los Angeles, at a time when the profession is facing changes and challenges.

    Highlight of the May 6-10 meeting will be "On the Wings of...
  • Sex and God

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Libido. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

    Of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism has arguably done the most admirable job of micromanaging our lust. Our tradition teaches us that while the sex drive can wreck us, it can also, if channeled correctly, lead to...

  • What’s in a Name? Three Viewpoints

    By Amy Klein

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "What's in a Name? That which we call a rose still smells just as sweet." -- William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"

    What is in a name?

    Namely: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform.

    What do they mean? Where do they come from?

    These days, the Conservative movement faces the greatest...

  • Ramah’s Policy in Black and White

    By Eric J

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In the latest effort to define its religious boundaries, the Conservative movement has directed its summer camping system to notify parents that prospective campers must be Jewish according to halacha, or Jewish law, to be accepted.

    The notification, included in this year's...

  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • Ramah’s Happy,

    By Beverly Gray

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    During that first weekend, we found nourishmentfor all parts of our Jewish psyches. Religious services weretraditional but encouraged participation: I had my first-ever aliyahthere. The camp's weekend scholar-in-residence gave us grown-upsserious food for thought. The children had...