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  • A summer of saving Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2016 | 3:04 am

    Jerusalem is a complicated city. Wherever you look, whatever you try to touch, there’s complexity, controversy, intrigue. Take, for example, the simple question of archeological excavations in the Temple Mount area. What is the purpose of such excavations? Is it science? Is it...

  • What Israelis want – and what they reject

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2016 | 4:11 am

    As a senior fellow at JPPI, I was involved in drafting, analyzing, and publishing a new survey yesterday – one component of a very ambitious Pluralism Index that JPPI launched yesterday. News reports about JPPI’s data appeared in many media outlets, and you can read all about it...

  • Haredis insulting Reform Jews? They have a reason

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 25, 2016 | 3:16 am

    MK Israel Eichler of United Torah Judaism has made a career out of being a provocateur extraordinaire. So comparing Reform Jews to the mentally ill, as he did two days ago, is not much more for him than another day in the office. Eichler provokes, knowing that he will be rebuked –...

  • The number of Conservative\Reform Jews in Israel goes up (again)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 21, 2015 | 4:10 am

    It's a common belief that Conservative and Reform Judaism are not really dominant in the Israeli Jewish sphere, a common belief that has some truth to it. For many years the dominant religious stream in Israel was Orthodoxy, while other streams – born in Diaspora communities and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • VIDEO / Israel and the Diaspora: Two sides of the same coin?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Yesterday, I hosted a panel on Israel and the Diaspora at the Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem. Joining me were Ed Rettig, the director of the Israel/Middle East office at the American Jewish Committee; Solly Sacks, the director-general of the World Mizrahi Movement and member of...

  • 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...