I will lift my eyes to the mountains from where my help comes. My help comes from the Holy One who makes heaven and earth (Ps 121: 1-2). We Conservative/Masorti Jews have forgotten to lift up our eyes. We have of late become a little too defensive, as if we could refute our challenges through debating points.
A recent trip of American Conservative (Masorti) Jews to Israel included a first for the country, and cuts to the heart of an issue that poses a problem for many American Jews – a mixed minyan for mincha at the Knesset synagogue.
In a landmark case, a Jewish burial society employee in Scotland says he was fired for becoming involved with the Masorti movement. It marked the first case of a Jewish individual claiming discrimination against a Jewish employer in Scotland, according to the Herald Scotland newspaper. Warren Bader, 49, said in a preliminary discrimination hearing that he was dismissed by the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society after he helped set up Masorti Scotland in a Jewish community that is largely Orthodox.
Funnye, 56, has dedicated his life to chiseling away at the conventional, but increasingly inaccurate, conception of who is a Jew.
When Lorin Fife converted to Judaism some 30 years ago, his experience with the Orthodox rabbis who presided over his year of study and conversion ceremony was one of warmth and acceptance.
It calls on the government to establish Jewish religious courts that "will base themselves on appropriate moderate and tolerant prior halachic decisions to allow the conversion process to move forward.
Nessah Young Professionals' Aug. 26 annual gala drew more than 600 local Iranian Jewish young professionals and college students to the Area nightclub in West Hollywood, where they danced the night away to live music while also raising money on behalf of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).
For decades, a charge against the rabbis who perform marriages on behalf of Israel's Chief Rabbinate has gone unanswered: That the rabbi did nothing to add to the joy, meaning and beauty of a wedding celebration. On June 15, the Masorti/Conservative movement launched a media blitz that confronted the Rabbinate on this issue head on.
Until the American youth with the long hair and the kippah
showed up in his high school in 10th grade, Ehud Bandel believed what most
Israeli's believed: You were either Orthodox or you were secular. The jarring
embodiment of a liberal, religious Jew was enough to change Bandel's life.