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.”
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.
Of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism has arguably done the most admirable job of micromanaging our lust.That's why Judaism has been more agile than other religions at handling modernity's revolution in sexual mores.
These days, the Conservative movement faces the greatest challenge with its image and, arguably, even its name. But all three major Jewish denominations -- Reform, Conservative and Orthodox -- have common roots. They originated in the Haskala (the Enlightenment) of the mid-18th century.
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.
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.
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 their own programs, but weall came together for a wild and wacky Saturday-night carnival and aSunday Maccabiah in which points were awarded for ruach (a favoriteRamah word, meaning "spirit") as well as for athletic skill. And, ofcourse, some lazy hours were reserved for swimming, snoozing andschmoozing. After all this, it was hard to go home.