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...
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Say what you want about Netanyahu the statesman, or Netanyahu the politician – Netanyahu the magician, the man that always has a surprise up his sleeve, has done it again. The decision to merge the Likud Party with the Yisrael Beiteinu Party – Netanyahu and Lieberman dancing...
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...
‘Lack of recognition in Israel raises some question about the legitimacy of Reform and Conservative’
March 9, 2012 | 6:07 pm
February 29, 2012 | 11:32 am
Since I posted last week’s story about the number of Israelis identifying themselves as Conservative and Reform Jews, I’ve been bombarded with emails and calls from people (mostly rabbis) who suspect that there is something fishy about the Guttman report. In various ways they have...
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The Reform movement is seeking clarification from the Pentagon on the treatment of the soldier accused in a massive leaks case.
The letter sent Tuesday by Reform’s Religious Action Center to Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted “incomplete” reports in the media about the treatment...
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November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
In his new book, "A Vision of Holiness: The Future of American Judaism" (URJ Press, 2005), Rabbi Richard N. Levy explains The Pittsburgh Principles -- the position paper, if you will, of the Reform Movement that was published in 1999. In many ways, these principles advocate a return...
September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm
There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.
In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...
June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Contemporary Judaism cannot spare any of its competing components. Each one, from Charedi to Reform, has a unique contribution to make.
I recently spent some time with the Helsinki Jewish community and learned something about Judaism I didn't know. First, I learned that the...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
When the Reform movement published its new "Mishkan T'filah" last November, the prayer book looked comfortably familiar to Reform rabbinic students in Los Angeles. It was clear to them that a homemade siddur they had created for their own use had influenced the first official prayer...
April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Rabbi Janet Marder has a surprising confession for someone who is making history as the first woman president of the Reform movement's 1,800-member Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).
She's seriously shy.
"I had years of stage fright before I had to stand up in a crowd,"...
June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm
David and Lori Melman, former Santa Ana residents, look out their window to see a mountaintop covered with scrub oak and bay
leaves that could be mistaken for coastal California foothills. The idyllic country lifestyle and its neighborhood feeling is what lured them to Har Halutz, a...
November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm
Rabbi Alexander Schindler, the longtime leader of the Reform movement best known for his support of outreach to intermarried couples and recognition of patrilineal descent, has died at the age of 75.He died early Wednesday morning from heart failure at his home in Westport, Conn. As...
October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pmAbout 1,000 people crammed into Jerusalem's Kol Haneshama Reform synagogue for Yom Kippur services, while another 500 or so listened in the courtyard outside.
"My own father couldn't get in," said Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, assistant director of Israel's Reform movement. "Neither could...