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  • Letters to the Editor: Reform Judaism, job searches, high-speed rail

    December 7, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    The Real Reform Judaism

    In a recent broadside, David Mamet accuses Reform Judaism of surrendering “Hebrew, the Talmud, kashrut, ritual, the Eastern European Jews and currently [toying] with condemnation of its co-religionaries in Israel” (“Conflict, Choice and Surrender,”...

  • Dear David Mamet: Reform Judaism doesn’t surrender

    November 28, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Read David Mamet’s opinion piece here: Conflict, choice and surrender

    David Mamet’s recent, meandering tirade demands a response, even if cogency permits only a partial rejoinder. So, I will limit myself to where he begins and I where I “live,” with the Reform Movement.

    He...

  • Reform, Conservative St. Louis day schools to merge

    October 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Two St. Louis Jewish day schools, a Reform and a Conservative, have voted to merge.

    The boards of the Conservative-affiliated Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis and the Saul Mirowitz Day School-Reform Jewish Academy backed the merger in separate votes Monday, according to the...

  • Wave of new holiday prayer books changing the ways to worship

    September 21, 2011 | 11:34 am

    New Jewish prayer books typically come in waves, the rarest of which bring new High Holidays prayer books, or machzors.

    The current wave has seen five new machzorim in a one-year span. Following on the heels of last year’s release of the official Conservative machzor and a popular...

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  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • Reform defends Richard Jacobs as critics attack his Israel positions

    May 2, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    An angry exchange over the Zionist credentials of the incoming president of the Reform movement has intensified and exploded onto the public stage.

    The conflict pits the movement’s leadership against a group of dissidents who say they represent a growing number of Reform Jews...

  • Reform cites Giffords shooting in urging clip ban

    April 28, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The Reform movement cited the attack that seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in urging Congress to ban high-capacity ammunition clips.

    “The clips can hold 30, 50 or even 100 rounds, enabling shooters to cause serious casualties before needing to reload,”...

  • Reform opposes, OU backs voucher bill

    March 31, 2011 | 10:15 am

    The Reform movement said it was “alarmed” by the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives reviving a program that funds scholarships at religious schools, while the Orthodox Union supported it.

    The Republican-majority House passed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship...

  • Rabbi Richard Jacobs tapped to lead Reform movement

    March 22, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Rabbi Richard Jacobs, the spiritual leader of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y., is the choice to become the new leader of the Union for Reform Judaism.

    The selection of Jacobs to succeed Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who announced last year that he would be retiring in 2012...

  • Beck apologizes to Reform Jews

    February 25, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Fox News host Glenn Beck apologized for comparing Reform Judaism to radical Islam.

    In an apology on his radio program Thursday, Beck said he had made “one of the worst analogies of all time” in saying on a radio show on Tuesday that, like Islamic extremists, Reform rabbis place...

  • OneLA tackles local health care reform

    February 16, 2011 | 11:20 am

    OneLA, a community-organizing group, launched an effort to implement changes locally in access to health care during a public event at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 30.

    The event, which included appearances by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and...

  • Post-Mubarak, Obama embraces Middle East reform

    February 15, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A combination of calculation, luck and principles are steering the Obama administration to emphasize democracy and human rights in the Middle East in the post-Mubarak era.

    On Tuesday, President Obama laid out a revamped strategy that takes into account U.S. strategic interests in...

  • Why is patrilineal descent not catching on in Reform worldwide?

    February 15, 2011 | 10:10 am

    For three decades now, the American Jewish Reform movement has considered as Jewish the child of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who is raised as a Jew.

    But most Reform Jews in the rest of the world still do not accept “patrilineal descent.”

    That makes the debate about...

  • Charedis’ Political Clout a Threat to Israel, Regev Says

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    The most serious internal problem facing Israel is the political clout exerted by the Charedim  (ultra-Orthodox), which threatens the future unity, economic development and military readiness of the state.

    This is the firm conviction of Rabbi Uri Regev, who recently spent a week in...

  • Reform launches special-needs summer programs

    January 11, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism has launched two new summer programs for children with special needs.

    Camp Chazak in Massachusetts, opening this summer, is for middle-school children with communication and social delays. It has recreational and therapeutic programming.

    Like the...

  • Reform looking at ways to reinvent the movement

    November 29, 2010 | 10:24 am

    After the Reform movement broadcast online its first session devoted to reassessing itself, in mid-November, the comments poured in.

    One viewer suggested that the movement create a network of schools, camps, shuls and seminaries focused on “tikkun olam,” the Jewish injunction to...

  • Conservative, Reform oppose Israeli conversion bill

    April 30, 2010 | 9:51 am

    The U.S. Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements are warning that a proposed Israeli conversion bill is “disastrous to the unity of the Jewish people.”

    Knesset members from the Yisrael Beiteinu party were in the United States this week trying to marshal support for...

  • Can the Jewish Deli Be Reformed?

    April 16, 2010 | 10:23 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    WHEN a Jewish deli decides to stop serving salami, something is wrong in the cosmos

    At Saul’s Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley, Calif., the eggs are organic and cage free, and the ground beef in the stuffed cabbage is grass fed. Its owners, Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt, yanked salami from the menu in November, saying that they could no longer in good conscience serve commercial kosher salami.

    Read the full article at NYTimes.com.

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
  • Q&A with Howard Blume: What’s next for LAUSD with Brewer gone?

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 2:01 am

    Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to spend more than $500,000 to buy out the two remaining years on the contract of Superintendent David L. Brewer III, a retired Navy vice admiral who took over the struggling district two years ago. Brewer's supporters...
  • Obama's cousin-in-law Rabbi Capers Funnye battles to open the gates of Judaism [VIDEO]

    By Julie G Fax

    November 26, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr. is a kippah-wearing black rabbi who leads a multiethnic congregation in Chicago.

    But if you happen to run into him, don't let your curiosity come across the wrong way.

    Speaking last week in Los Angeles to an interdenominational group of rabbis who perform...

  • Angeleno pushes effort on recognizing conversions

    By Julie G Fax

    November 26, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    When Lorin Fife converted to Judaism some 30 years ago, his experience with the Orthodox rabbis who presided over his year of study and conversion ceremony was one of warmth and acceptance.

    Rabbi Shmuel Katz, who spent decades as the head of Los Angeles' Orthodox bet din (rabbinic...

  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

  • Passage of Prop. 8 reveals rift between denominations

    By Rachel Heller

    November 12, 2008 | 11:52 pm

    Three days after California narrowly passed Proposition 8, the statewide ban on same-sex marriage, congregants of Beth Chayim Chadashim gathered in their Pico Boulevard sanctuary for a Friday night Shabbat service marked by solidarity and grief.

    "This week of all weeks we need...

  • Religious “No!” to Proposition 8

    October 28, 2008 | 8:59 pm

    "My Christian friends say homosexuality is a sin. Isn't Judaism based on the same Old Testament bible?  How does our synagogue welcome homosexuals with acceptance and equality?"
     
    I was substituting for our rabbi in our 10th grade confirmation class.  Homosexuality is not a...
  • Rabbis on anti-gay marriage Prop 8: Yes, no, maybe

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    "Prop. 8 is presently the most crucial battle of the culture war here." -- Penny Harrington, legislative director, Concerned Women for America in California

    The arguments and epithets surrounding state Prop. 8 are rising in volume and intensity as the Nov. 4 election draws near, so...

  • P. S. Tikkun Olam: Veteran Jewish educator opens charter school driven by vision of a community

    By Rachel Heller

    August 28, 2008 | 2:16 am

    Strolling through his new charter school's rented quarters on a recent morning, Matt Albert swings open a restroom door and smiles.

    "Look," he said, gesturing toward the tiled space. "Clean bathrooms. Often, that's the scariest place in a public school."

    The citrus-hued rooms of...

  • Torah Judaism has no concept of ‘ex-gay’

    August 5, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    Since 2002, when I started becoming open about my personal religious choice to stop having sex with men, liberals on gay issues have repeatedly accused me of being a Jewish "ex-gay." But I am no such thing, because Torah Judaism doesn't have a concept of an ex-gay.

    I have no doubt...

  • Lawsuit re POW swap involves L.A. family; Student writes guide for U.K.

    July 2, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Israeli Prisoner Swap Involves L.A. Family's Missing Son

    A day after the Israeli government agreed to trade five Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping sparked the 2006 war with Hezbollah, a lawsuit was filed in Jerusalem by...

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