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  • The shrinking Jewish Middle — and how to expand it

    November 10, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    As the Jewish Federations of North America holds its annual General Assembly this week, newly emerging evidence from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 “Portrait of American Jewry” points to enormous challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life, more...

  • Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism

    June 2, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title.

    Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to...

  • Why Orthodoxy is growing

    By Dennis Prager

    October 23, 2013 | 11:58 am

    As almost every Jew knows by now, according to major reports on American Jewry — such as the most recent and most highly regarded Pew report — Orthodoxy is growing, while Conservative and Reform Judaism are shrinking. 

    Before presenting my explanations, I think it important to...

  • A Majority in Israel Supports Reform-Conservative Equality

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2013 | 6:56 am

    Two house cleaning items:

     

    1.

    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...

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  • Reform congregation websites hosted by URJ are hacked

    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...

  • Stereotypes and Myths

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    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...

  • 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...

  • Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups

    October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law.

    But this time, police actually arrested Hoffman -- a first, she says -- and the incident...

  • A president of values and vision

    October 11, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

    This election season, we are seeing more of the same. Yet the trick...

  • 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...

  • July 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 1:57 am

    In-depth

    Obama’s Jewish financiers

    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...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s Haredi vs. Conservative/Reform populations, part II

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Last week I discovered that according to unpublished numbers from the Guttman Center study on Israeli religiosity, the percentage of Israelis identifying themselves as “Reform” or “Conservative” is higher than the percentage of those identifying themselves as “Haredi”...

  • Vice prime minister: ‘Iranian regime should be confronted by the West’

    January 30, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Intelligence on Iran’s nuclear project is no longer subject to dispute in Israeli government circles, according to Moshe Ya’alon, vice prime minister of Israel and minister of strategic affairs.

    Instead, the focus of the discussion is on how to meet this challenge, Ya’alon...

  • Obama speaks at the URJ Conference

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2011 | 3:12 pm

  • The Reform Movement must progress from being a collection of social clubs for liberal 60 year olds

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2011 | 2:59 am

    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;...

  • Cantor, Ehud Barak to address Reform biennial

    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.

  • Reform Judaism must move beyond ‘personal choice’

    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...

  • Reform rift over Zionist credentials of incoming chief Rick Jacobs

    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...

  • Is Reform movement going kosher?

    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...

  • 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...

  • Evolution of Reform Judaism Progressing

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At Temple Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Nashville, Tenn., congregants newly trained in the ancient skill of shofar blowing sounded the ceremonial ram's horn for the first time this past Rosh Hashanah. It was the first time a lay member of the 150-year-old synagogue had blown the...

  • Road Trip

    By Julie G Fax

    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...

  • Body Building

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi 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...
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