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  • Masorti rips bar mitzvah rite for autistic kids held in Orthodox synagogue

    June 23, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    A foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel slammed a bar mitzvah ceremony held at an Orthodox synagogue for non-Orthodox children with autism.

    Sunday’s ceremony in Rehovot was presided over by an Orthodox rabbi that the nine children and their parents did not know, the ...

  • Tough love for Israel: Outrage in Rehovot

    By David Suissa

    May 13, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    With the Celebrate Israel Festival coming up this Sunday at Rancho Park, I thought it’d be an ideal time to write a love letter expressing my unabashed and unconditional attachment to Israel. But as much as I’d still like to do that, that column will have to wait for another week,...

  • 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...

  • 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 group prays in mixed minyan at Knesset

    February 3, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    A recent trip of American Conservative (Masorti) Jews to Israel included a first for the country, cutting to the heart of an issue that poses a problem for many American Jews — a mixed minyan for Mincha at the Knesset synagogue.

    Religious Jewish rituals in Israel are dictated by...

  • Scottish burial society employee makes landmark bias claim

    January 13, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    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...

  • Obama's cousin-in-law Rabbi Capers Funnye battles to open the gates of Judaism [VIDEO]

    By Julie G Fax

    November 26, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr. is a kippah-wearing black rabbi who leads a multiethnic congregation in Chicago.

    But if you happen to run into him, don't let your curiosity come across the wrong way.

    Speaking last week in Los Angeles to an interdenominational group of rabbis who perform...

  • Angeleno pushes effort on recognizing conversions

    By Julie G Fax

    November 26, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    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.

    Rabbi Shmuel Katz, who spent decades as the head of Los Angeles' Orthodox bet din (rabbinic...

  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

  • Nessah Young Professionals party like Paris Hilton; New VP for Masorti women

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 18, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    Nessah Young Professionals Party Like Paris Hilton

    Dubbed the "Glamour Summer Night," the 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...

  • Masorti join fight for religious pluralism in Israel

    July 9, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    June 2008 witnessed two developments in the Masorti/Conservative community in Israel that have significant implications for the drive for religious pluralism in the Jewish state, an issue that is high on the agenda of Zionist Jews around the world.

    They relate to two controversies...

  • The Challenge of Pluralism in Israel

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...