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  • Obama nominates Saperstein to religious freedom post

    July 28, 2014 | 11:37 am

    President Obama nominated Reform movement leader Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department.

    Saperstein, a veteran civil rights activist, is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, a...

  • What ‘Divergent’ can teach us about post-denominational Judaism

    April 2, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Disclaimer: Having only seen the movie, I won’t speak about the other two books of the trilogy. This article contains spoilers.

    Picture a society that subdivides its members into factions, each of which has a unique virtue, and then enforces a separation of those groups so strict...

  • Israeli cabinet secretary plans to block Robinson’s Arch transfer

    February 27, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    Israeli Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit intends to block a draft agreement that would transfer control of parts of the Western Wall to a right-wing Israeli nonprofit.

    Mandelblit’s decision to oppose the tentative deal comes shortly after a group of Reform and Conservative...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    by Roger Price

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

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  • A response to Gerald Steinberg on the Prawer-Begin plan

    December 16, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    In his recent column for the Jewish Journal, Gerald Steinberg of NGO monitor once again seeks to defame lovers of Israel who dare to believe that the Jewish state can and should live up to the moral values of our tradition. He dismisses as anti-Semitic or misguided those of...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • Knesset approves marriage registration reform law

    October 28, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    The Knesset approved the so-called Tzohar Law, which would allow couples to choose the city in which to register their marriage.

    The law passed its second and third readings Monday evening, over the objections of the country’s two chief rabbis, by a vote of 57 to 14, with one...

  • Intermarriage Math

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 25, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  • Jews: the ever-dying people

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    October 9, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction as the “ever-dying” people.  He wrote the essay 27 years ago, does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seem that every few years, a major Jewish leader or study...

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • A deaf rabbi who listens

    September 3, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    Imagine taking a graduate school class — a small one, with maybe a dozen students — and for the entire year, not being able to understand a single word the professor said. For your final examination, you have to rely on notes compiled from your classmates and pray they understood...

  • Hebrew Union College names Rabbi Aaron Panken as new president

    July 31, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Rabbi Aaron Panken was elected president of The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s rabbinical school.

    HUC announced the decision of its board of governors on Wednesday.

    Panken, 49, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., has taught rabbinic and Second Temple...

  • Opposition continues despite new Boy Scout policy

    June 19, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    In 2001, Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) overwhelmingly decided to end its sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 1300 to protest the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) policy banning openly gay scouts and leaders. It ended a nearly 50-year tradition of scouting at the Reform congregation.

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  • Thousand Oaks rabbi leaves post

    June 13, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim (TAE) in Thousand Oaks officially ended his tenure at the Reform synagogue on May 1, and in a subsequent Facebook post announced that he no longer intends to continue in a similar post. 

    “It is with bittersweet emotions that I write this...

  • Getting ready for baby

    June 12, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    Rabbi Julia Weisz found herself in a bit of a conundrum when she became an expectant mother.

    On the one hand, the rabbi and director of education at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas was cautious about holding a baby shower. In the earlier stages of her pregnancy — she is due to...

  • Dinner table revelations: The unexamined life

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    You don’t know what a bad person you are, or how bad your hair looks, until you’ve sat down with my religious relatives for a meal and tried to conduct a conversation. 

    This happens to me every other week, on Friday night, when my mother hosts a summit of friends and family...

  • Co-op living, revisited

    May 29, 2013 | 3:20 pm

    Philip De Wolff had it all: Two houses, expensive cars, several profitable businesses, money to pay his children’s way through college. 

    But it wasn’t enough.

    About 10 years ago, having sold off his last business as he approached retirement age, De Wolff, 69, realized the...

  • Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

    May 23, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions.

    Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy....

  • Rabbis to Boy Scouts: Lift ban on gay members

    May 22, 2013 | 10:39 am

    More than 500 rabbis and cantors urged the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on homosexual members when the youth group’s National Council convenes in Dallas this week.

    Representatives of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements signed the letter, which was...

  • Eating with an eco-conscience

    April 24, 2013 | 5:28 pm

    A small group gathered in the sanctuary of Temple Isaiah on April 11 to do what Jews do best: talk about food and then eat some. 

    The occasion was a panel convened by Netiya, a Jewish network dedicated to advancing urban agriculture in religious institutions, nonprofits and...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

  • Western wall compromise raises hopes, but still faces obstacles

    April 10, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Natan Sharansky presented what could be a historic proposal to add a space for egalitarian prayer to the Western Wall on Tuesday.

    Israeli religious pluralism activists, however, fear that the proposal will take years to implement and could face roadblocks that prevent it from...

  • Nine months after Israeli court ruling, non-Orthodox rabbis still fighting for equal pay

    February 19, 2013 | 3:03 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, Israel's Supreme Court ruled last May that a Reform rabbi, Miri Gold, should be paid a state salary, just like her Orthodox colleagues.

    The Reform and Conservative movements hailed the decision as a step closer to full equality for non-Orthodox...

  • Rabbi David Hartman’s learned students remember their rebbe

    February 13, 2013 | 9:35 am

    An Advocate for Divine Honesty

    David Hartman was sui generis; he was a unique individual who was very excited about ideas and at the same time pragmatic. Who believed that believing is best expressed in behavior. To believe is to behave.

    This is very clear in his latest book,...

  • Reform corrals broad array of groups into gun call-in

    February 1, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    The Reform movement corralled a broad array of religious denominations to call into Congress on Monday and demand action on gun violence.

    Participant organizations in the "Faiths Calling" event organized by Reform's Religious Action Center include the Reform, Orthodox,...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • Donors struggling to defray the rising costs of Jewish camp

    January 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Spending the summer at Jewish overnight camp once was a spartan affair, often little more than a collection of ramshackle buildings scattered in the woods by a placid lake.

    Those were the days.

    "Today it's all about the toys," said Rabbi Allan Smith, the former head of the...

  • Long Beach synagogue vandalized

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    Long Beach police are searching for a male suspect who threw a brick at the window of Temple Israel of Long Beach on Jan. 7. This was the second incident of vandalism at the Reform congregation, located at 269 Loma Ave., since the building reopened in October following a major...

  • Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals

    January 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama's new gun control proposals drew broad Jewish communal support.

    The uniformity of the Jewish response to the proposals unveiled Wednesday stood in contrast to Republican opposition to many of the suggested measures, including a ban on assault weapons and tighter...

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