Jewish Journal

Tag: Pluralism

View the most popular tags overall?

  • Did President Rivlin just choose Obama and Roger Waters over fellow Israelis?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 15, 2015 | 3:27 am

    Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin is not a man to sit quietly in the President’s House and restrict himself to playing a ceremonial role. His political career proved him a master of getting media attention, a master of likability, a master of communication. When Prime Minister...

  • Letters to the editor: George W. Bush, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute and Jewish pluralism

    November 20, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    This Argument Will Not End Until the Messiah Comes 

    Rob Eshman’s criticism of former President George W. Bush’s public support for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) is well put (“Why Bush Was Wrong,” Nov. 15). However, the participation of a former president in MJBI’s...

  • Jewish pluralism in Israel: It’s flourishing

    April 23, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    While American Jews haven’t been looking — or have been looking in the wrong places — Jewish pluralism in Israel is booming. But like most things in Israel it looks much different than Jewish pluralism in the United States. In Israel, Jewish pluralism takes place almost totally...

  • Letter to the Editor: Town hall on religious pluralism

    December 5, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Dear Editor,

    I want to thank Rob Eshman for his review of the important Town Hall on Religious Pluralism that took place at Temple Emanuel last week and for his moderating a community conversation in which people have such passionate and diverse opinions.  What he didn’t mention...

  • Pluralism means finding your place in the Jewish story

    May 17, 2012 | 11:56 am

    For the past six years The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, which is named in honor of my father and that I now run with my son Adam, has held a conference called “Why Be Jewish?” It is an intimate gathering that seeks to explore an expansive question. This year, in conjunction with the...

  • Pluralism and Tikkun Olam come to Santa Monica, Venice

    By Ryan Torok

    November 10, 2010 | 10:06 am

    Jessica Youseffi and Sarah Shahawy, two undergraduate students at the University of Southern California (USC), discussed how the teachings of Judaism and Islam, their respective religions, obligate them to accept people of other faiths and to work toward tikkun olam.


  • 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...

  • New Israel Fund renews local presence after four-year hiatus

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "People in Israel are so overloaded by big problems, mainly security but also corruption, that it's easy to disconnect from dealing with social inequities," said Ronit Heyd, a young Israeli activist.

    Heyd, joined by Ilana Litvak, who came to Israel from the former Soviet Union, and...

  • ‘Secular Yeshiva’ answers young Israelis’ questions

    By Dina Kraft

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ofri Bar-Am, 19, folds her legs underneath her on a library couch and peers closely at a photocopy of the biblical passage describing the oldest recorded case of sibling rivalry in history, Cain and Abel.

    A student at the first secular yeshiva in Israel, Bar-Am underlines phrases,...

  • Choosing Pluralism

    By Ashley Reich

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We were all seated in our respective minyanin when a large outburst sounded from the Orthodox group down the hall. Within a few moments, teenagers were running out from every direction, anxious to see what the excitement was about. As I edged closer, I realized it was not...

  • Bringing Dr. King Into the Beit Midrash

    By Rabbi Yehudah Mirsky

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Oddly, or perhaps not for a product of the Orthodox yeshiva world, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., profoundly shaped my religious life. His life story, with all its achievements, failures, complexities and wonders, is, like the lives of all spiritual giants, its own text and source...

  • French Riots Show Need for Pluralism

    By Ronny Naftaniel

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For once, it would appear that Jews, Judaism and Jewish interests are not the target of violence in Paris and in so many cities across France.

    After a surge in anti-Semitic hostility and incidents in recent years, that comes as something of a surprise. This time, it appears the...

  • High Court Recognizes ‘Leaping Converts’

    By Dan Baron

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    After 22 years of living as an Israeli, Justina Hilaria Chipana can finally consider herself a full-fledged member of the Jewish state.

    The 50-year-old native of Peru was one of 17 petitioners who won High Court of Justice recognition of their non-Orthodox conversions to...

  • Why Jews Don’t Accept Jesus

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Why don't Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah or son of God?

    Growing up in Philadelphia, I attended Akiba Hebrew Academy, a private Jewish school. In 11th grade, a Southern Baptist preacher came to speak to our class. He looked around the room, and with a kindly smile said, "You seem...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • Briefs

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Children of Freedom

    For those who are looking for something different this year for the High Holy Days, B'nai Horin-Children of Freedom, a Jewish Renewal Synagogue in West Los Angeles, is offering a unique opportunity. Rather than holding services in their synagogue, it will be...

  • Los Angeles 5758Making the Tough Sell

    By Julie G Fax

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...