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  • In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

    December 4, 2014 | 9:36 am

    This government was supposed to be different.

    During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over...

  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

  • Yes, There Are More Reform and Conservative Israelis than You Think (But Who Are They?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 7:38 am

    A year and a half ago, I first revealed that the number of Reform and conservative Jews in Israel might be much larger than what we think. Based on unpublished data from the Guttman Center survey, I wrote back then that "Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as...

  • Why Orthodox Rabbi Cherlow wants Israel to be more welcoming to Conservative and Reform Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is a well-known and well-respected Israeli Zionist-Orthodox rabbi, but one with a history of controversy. On Tuesday it was reported that Cherlow, in the wake of a U.S. visit, wrote a letter to his students in which he argued that there’s an urgent need to...

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  • Thousands sign on for Shema flash mob

    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...

  • Shame at the Holiest Site in Judaism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    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...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part V: Are you biased against intermarried Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2012 | 9:16 am

    This is the fifth ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. Part I is here, Part II here, Part III here and Part IV here. We have been discussing many ‎issues, and readers are...

  • Open Letter to Ellie About God

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    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.

    Dear Ellie:

    You have been asking some excellent questions about God. Have you ever heard someone...

  • June 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2012 | 4:05 am

    Noteworthy: ‎
    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...

  • When there are no more excuses for Israel’s Reform

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2012 | 11:09 am

    For many long years, the liberal Jewish movements in Israel – that is, Reform and ‎Conservative – have used court petitions to fight their position in the Israeli pecking order. ‎More than in the houses of prayer, they have invested their energy in the houses of law; inch by...

  • Can you believe it? Israel has more Conservative and Reform Jews than Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 23, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews compared to just seven percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, should one consider the never-ending discussion of Haredi power and...

  • Jon Stewart defends Obama’s godless Thanksgiving message

    By Lauren Bottner

    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.

    ...
  • Jacobs unanimously elected to lead Reform Jews

    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,...

  • The Zionism of Rabbi Richard Jacobs – A Model for Our Times

    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...

  • Fear over intermarriage is overblown

    By Leonard Saxe

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Purim 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...

  • Reform Jews must refashion Shabbat

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    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...

  • Politics of liberal and conservative Jews reverse

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, 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...

  • Moral Diet

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The 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...

  • Day School for Reform Jews, Too

    By David Ellenson

    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....

  • Yoffie Emphasizes Need to Forge Links

    By Joe Berkofsky

    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...

  • Into the Words

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    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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