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Tag: Reform Judaism
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Two house cleaning items:
Last week I wrote an article for the IHT-NYT about separation between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs at the Superland amusement park:
Was it really racism that motivated the park’s management? Did it set aside dates for Arabs as well as for...
November 26, 2012 | 4:29 pm
The websites of several congregations hosted by the Union for Reform Judaism were hacked and linked to anti-Semitic websites.
Following the weekend hacking, the URJ pulled down the websites for scanning and clean-up, according to Mark Pelavin, the URJ's senior advisor to the...
November 14, 2012 | 7:00 am
I was recently watching an episode of “Breaking Amish,” an unscripted show about four young Amish and one Mennonite person who go to New York to decide whether to give up the ways of their families and to become “English,” or, in the language most of us would use, to adopt the...
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...
October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am
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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 9, 2012 | 1:57 am
Jewish donors are moving away from their traditional support for Democratic presidential candidates, writes Lawrence Solomon in the Financial Post.
In 2012, the Jewish allegiance to Democrats and liberal causes will mostly remain unchanged. As...
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 27, 2012 | 11:47 am
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Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of Congregation Kahal Kadosh Shaare Shalom, the United Congregation of Israelites, in Kingston, Jamaica and teaches Judaism at the United Theological College of the University of the West Indies. His books include Contemporary American Judaism;...
November 22, 2011 | 5:50 pm
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will address the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial.
The URJ announced plans for Cantor (R-Va.), the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in history, and Barak, a former prime minister, on Tuesday.
President Obama already is slated to speak during the biennial taking place Dec. 14-18 in the Washington suburbs.
May 12, 2011 | 12:00 pm
Change is afoot in American Reform Judaism. A new president of the Union for Reform Judaism has been selected. The movement has launched a series of nationwide public forums to discuss its future. Hundreds of Reform rabbis have endorsed a plan toward achieving greater efficiency in...
April 29, 2011 | 2:06 pm
Ads questioning the Zionist credentials of the leader-designate of the Reform movement are a distortion, Reform leaders said.
The ad attacking Rabbi Richard Jacobs for not being sufficiently pro-Israel appeared in a number of Jewish newspapers this week. It was placed by a group of...
November 11, 2010 | 3:03 pm
Kosher—it’s the first word in the book. And tackling the “k” word head-on is part of what makes the first Reform guide to Jewish dietary practice so significant.
“The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic,” to be published next month by the Reform rabbinical...
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 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm
In celebration of HUC-JIR's impending 125th anniversary, faculty members from the Los Angeles campus will be fanning out across Southern California during the next few weeks to bring the college to the congregants.
"We'll be celebrating directly with the congregations and the...
December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pmRabbi Barnett Brickner sits, frowning in his study at Temple Judea of Massapequa, N.Y. He's been asked his opinion of the proposed new "platform" of Reform Judaism, which comes up for a vote next May at a national convention of Reform rabbis. The platform says that the Torah was...