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  • Jewish groups stake out opposing positions on penalizing Palestinians

    December 31, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Two major Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced U.N. status.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in recent weeks has backed two congressional bids to at least shut down the Palestine Liberation...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders join gun control call

    December 21, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Top figures from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements joined an interfaith call for greater gun controls in the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Julie...

  • Western Wall not Orthodox or Reform, rabbi says

    November 1, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    The Western Wall is not Orthodox just as it is not Reform, the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, said.

    "The Western Wall is the place of prayer for every individual in the nation, and as such, it must carefully safeguard the individual's right to privacy and respect...

  • Pro-Obama video by Sarah Silverman’s sister to begin airing in Florida

    October 22, 2012 | 10:02 am

    A video in support of President Obama produced by the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman will begin airing in Florida.

    The video by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi who lives in Jerusalem, posted last week on Facebook shows Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in an interview...

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  • Reform leaders call for probe into Israeli colleague’s arrest, police treatment

    October 18, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall.

    Reform leaders in the United States said Thursday that they have spoken with Israel’s ambassador...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Cutting the cake

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 17, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli weddings

  • Amar: Better to pray alone than with Reform

    September 19, 2012 | 9:38 am

    Israel's Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, said in a Rosh Hashanah message that it is better for a Jew to pray by himself than with Reform Jews.

    Amar made the comment in a pre-holiday interview with the right-wing Orthodox newspaper Makor Rishon that was published Sunday.

    ...
  • Obama campaign launches rabbis list

    August 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    More than 600 rabbis joined a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.

    Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”

    The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according...

  • 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...

  • Reform, Conservative rabbis: step up gun control

    August 17, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Reform and Conservative rabbinical leaders called for increased gun controls in the wake of a spate of shootings.

    “Our tradition teaches: ‘Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:16),” said a statement Thursday issued by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive...

  • New Reform wedding edition confronts same-sex ceremonies

    August 16, 2012 | 10:22 am

    A new edition of a user-friendly guide to making a modern Jewish wedding has changed its approach to same-sex weddings.

    Rabbi Hara Person, publisher and director of CCAR Press, which publishes books for the Reform movement, said the new edition of “Beyond Breaking the Glass: A...

  • Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

    July 30, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Raised in a small and intimate Jewish community, Gal Herman, 14, has always been active in his local Reform youth group, attending services and participating in events.

    So it was an easy decision to spend summer at the Reform sleepaway camp a few hours away, where he could play...

  • Jack Lew meets with Reform, Reconstructionist leaders

    July 23, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    President Obama’s chief of staff, Jack Lew, met with leaders of the Reform and Reconstructionist movements.

    Lew’s meeting last week follows on similar meetings he has had in recent months with leaders of the Conservative and Orthodox movements.

    “Particular emphasis was placed on...

  • Passionate Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 18, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    In case you haven’t heard, Orthodox Judaism has pretty much taken over Jewish life on U.S. college campuses. I say this not because I’m smug and happy about it, but as a wake-up call to the Conservative and Reform branches to get their acts together.

    If diversity is good for the...

  • More Reform rabbis performing interfaith weddings

    July 3, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    Danny Richter and his fiancée, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding, yet this fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

    The event marks other significant firsts: It also will be the first time that Rabbi Jill Perlman,...

  • Amid the ravages of wildfires, Colorado Jews band together

    July 2, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    The Sidmans are among the lucky ones: Their Colorado Springs home is still standing, nearly untouched by the flames that left many of their neighbors’ houses in ashes.

    “I was just sobbing uncontrollably, even though my house was perfect,” Renee Sidman told the Colorado Springs...

  • Reform, Orthodox campers to join for Fourth of July celebration

    June 28, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Orthodox and Reform Jewish campers will hold a joint Fourth of July celebration.

    The Americafest celebration next week, which will bring campers from the Orthodox Camp Darom in Grenada, Miss., to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Miss., was made possible...

  • Reform congregations in Hungary turn to court for recognition

    June 27, 2012 | 10:19 am

    The European Union for Progressive Judaism and Hungary’s two Reform congregations took their case against Hungary’s new law on religion to the European Court of Human Rights in The Hague.

    The two synagogues, Sim Shalom and Bet Orim, said in a statement that they had submitted an...

  • Reform Judaism has obligation to change

    June 12, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Today’s Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th-century Reform forbearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning our sacred texts and practices in the light of scientific inquiry and the new frontiers of human thought. Today we embrace...

  • The modern Jewish law

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2012 | 10:49 pm

    The Israeli government will soon start paying non-Orthodox rabbis. This news, as it appeared in bold letters in my morning paper, literally put a smile on my face. Not because I am Reform or Conservative, or anything, but because I am really proud of my Israel finally growing up.

    ...

  • Israel allows government councils to pay non-Orthodox rabbis

    May 29, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    The Israeli government will begin paying non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders.

    The attorney general’s office advised the Supreme Court Tuesday that Reform and Conservative rabbis in some parts of Israel will be recognized as “rabbis of non-Orthodox...

  • Female Reform rabbi seated on Jerusalem suburb’s religious council

    May 16, 2012 | 10:10 am

    A female Reform rabbi took her place on the religious council of Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem.

    Rabbi Alona Lisitsa said she did not feel hostility from the rest of the representatives—all Orthodox—of the local religious council, according to reports.

    The Reform Mevasseret...

  • Reform movement spearheads faith letter to Obama on discrimination

    May 3, 2012 | 6:27 pm

    Nearly two dozen faith groups joined an initiative led by the Reform Jewish movement calling on President Obama to reconsider his decision not to issue an anti-discrimination executive order.

    In Thursday’s letter, 23 organizations expressed disappointment that the president did not...

  • Jewish movements renew Pollard clemency appeal

    April 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Representatives of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements renewed their appeals to President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.

    The calls over the weekend for Pollard’s release came from the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism,...

  • Reform, Conservative leaders complain about Israeli hotel discrimination

    April 11, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Leaders of the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements sent a letter of complaint to the Israeli government charging that Israeli hotels discriminate against non-Orthodox Jews.

    In a letter to two government ministers, the leaders of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and...

  • New Haggadahs: Reform version, novelists’ take and Ethiopian flavor

    March 28, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Leading a seder for the first time this year? There’s an app for that.

    Entries in the annual stream of new Haggadahs this year include a Reform version that comes in hardcover, paperback and iPad app editions. Two others feature a gorgeously designed Haggadah that features an...

  • iPad app for Reform prayer book is launched

    March 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    The iPad app for the Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s daily prayer book, was launched.

    The new application, which costs less than $5, was launched at the annual gathering of the Central Council of American Rabbis that began Sunday in Boston. More than 500 rabbis from North...

  • Israel: More Reform, Conservative than Charedi Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 29, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews, compared to just 7 percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Charedi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, given the never-ending discussion of Charedi power and growing...

  • Two reform clergy to take their liberal spirit to Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 18, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Rabbi Don Goor of Temple Judea and Cantor Evan Kent of Temple Isaiah announced to their congregations on Jan. 11 that they will be moving to Israel next summer. Both will leave behind successful careers in Los Angeles as they jump into the rich but contentious world of liberal...

  • ADL, Reform group rip Lowe’s for pulling ads from show on Muslims

    December 15, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League and a Reform movement group have expressed concern with a decision by Lowe’s to pull its ads from a show that depicted Muslims in a positive light.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of...

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