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  • The 21st century b’nai mitzvah

    By Ryan Torok

    March 13, 2013 | 7:41 am

    When Isa Aron considers b’nai mitzvah today, she gets the impression that parents — and sometimes synagogues — care more about their son or daughter performing flawlessly when on the bimah than they do about their forming lasting connections to Judaism.

    “The moment itself is...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • 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...

  • 15 short comments about politics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 10:06 am

    1.

    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...

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  • 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...

  • ‘Lack of recognition in Israel raises some question about the legitimacy of Reform and Conservative’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Professor Ephraim Tabory of Bar-Ilan University discusses Jewish life in Israel.

    The particular dress of Haredi men and women makes it hard to miss a Haredi Jew. Their presence in Israeli society is perceptually very salient. Their life style also dictates living together in...

  • Conservative and Reform Jews vs. the AVI CHAI Foundation

    By Shmuel Rosner

    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...

  • Reform movement backing Israeli protests

    August 8, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    The Reform movement’s international arm is supporting social justice protesters in Israel.

    The World Union for Progressive Judaism in a statement Monday said it “stands with all in the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and every tent city established to say that the Israel for which we...

  • Reform wants answers on Manning’s treatment

    March 30, 2011 | 10:07 am

    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...

  • Reform movement’s L.A. campus gets Skirball name

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 25, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    In April 2009, the Los Angeles wing of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) looked like it might shut down. The leading school for training Reform rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators and others had been badly hurt by the financial crisis, and its leaders were...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Richard Levy

    By Amy Klein

    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...

  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    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...

  • Why Reform, Chabad Are Necessary

    By Jacob Neusner

    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...

  • Half a Century on Reform’s Frontlines

    By Julie G Fax

    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...

  • First Woman Heads Reform Conference

    By Abby Cohn

    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,"...

  • O.C. Olim

    By Ilene Schneider

    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...

  • Inspired Leader

    By Julie Wiener

    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...

  • The Power of Advertising

    By Larry Derfner

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    About 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...

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