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Tag: Reform Jews
June 10, 2013 | 7:38 am
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October 22, 2012 | 4:39 pm
More than 2,500 people signed up to participate in a global Shema flash mob as part of a campaign to promote religious pluralism in Israel.
The gatherings early Monday afternoon came two days after Conservative Jewish congregations were asked to dedicate a recitation of the...
August 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm
For those who do not receive emails from the Israeli Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), I refer the following to you for your information and for action. Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of IRAC sent this notice out this morning and it is self-explanatory...
July 30, 2012 | 9:16 am
June 27, 2012 | 5:55 pm
What follows is a response to “My God Problem” posted by Julie Wiener at the Jewish Week, regarding some difficult questions her eight-year-old daughter Ellie has been asking about God.
You have been asking some excellent questions about God. Have you ever heard someone...
June 18, 2012 | 4:05 am
Take a Deep Breath, America
The US should think carefully before getting taking sides in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the region, writes Leslie H. Gelb in the Daily Beast.
Whatever the experts tell them, our leaders will have to come to terms with some...
May 30, 2012 | 11:09 am
February 23, 2012 | 1:26 pm
December 1, 2011 | 11:39 am
Jon Stewart, host of the “Daily Show” wants Fox News to stay out of his turkey dinner. Stewart took offense to Fox News’ criticism that President Barack Obama failed to mention God in his Youtube Thanksgiving message. Stewart thinks it’s just fine that Obama left God out of it....
June 13, 2011 | 10:21 am
The Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously elected Rabbi Richard Jacobs to serve as its next president.
Jacob’s election on Sunday makes him the fourth person to hold the office since its creation in 1943. Previous presidents were Rabbis Maurice Eisendrath,...
April 26, 2011 | 6:23 pm
In the current issue of The Jewish Journal, there is an advertisement taken out by “Reform Jews who want the Reform Movement to stand with Israel.” This advertisement asserts that Rabbi Richard Jacobs, the President-designate of the Union for Reform Judaism, “does not represent...
March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pmPurim is a time to dull our senses with drink and cloak our identity by dressing in costume. We do so in order to confront a troubling part of our history and the threats to Jewish life and continuity in the Diaspora.
In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our...
December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm
The following remarks are edited from an hourlong sermon delivered at the biennial of the Union of Reform Judaism held in San Diego on Dec. 15.
.... In the last half century, working patterns have changed. Not everyone works on Saturday now, and Jews, more than ever before, crave...
November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pmRecently, I spoke to Reform rabbinical students in their class on "Jewish Political Tradition." Which is, exactly, what?
My expertise, I told them, is politics, not theology. Here was my dilemma: to talk reality or defer to the orthodoxy of Reform Jews, which is to say, political...
January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pmThe holidays are over, and I'm full.
I spent a week with family in Manhattan, eating.
And when I wasn't eating, I was reading a landmark book -- about food.
And when I wasn't eating or reading about food, it was food that provided, literally, food for thought.
I was raised in a...
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
The idea that a significant number of American Jewish children would come to attend Jewish day schools would have seemed unimaginable no more than 40 years ago, and the notion that thousands from Reform Jewish homes would attend such schools would have seemed even more fantastic....
November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Reform Jews cannot go it alone.
That was the message at the Reform movement's 67th biennial in Minneapolis last week.
Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe and fight...
April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
People are always asking Dvora Weisberg's parents, "Where did you go wrong?"
They ask not because Weisberg has fallen away from Judaism, but because two marginally affiliated parents produced a traditionally observant daughter who thought -- more than once -- about becoming a rabbi....
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