House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms
Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple
LAUSD board race a study in polarization
Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow
My interview with Leonard Nimoy
‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others
Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism
December 13, 2011 | 2:58 am
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,”...
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.
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...
September 21, 2011 | 11:34 am
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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...
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,”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
February 15, 2011 | 10:10 am
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...
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.
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...
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...
April 16, 2010 | 10:23 am
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.
December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm
December 24, 2008 | 2:47 amIf 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...
December 18, 2008 | 2:01 am
November 26, 2008 | 6:43 pm
November 26, 2008 | 6:36 pmWhen 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...
November 20, 2008 | 3:19 amJERUSALEM (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...
November 12, 2008 | 11:52 pm
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...
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...
August 28, 2008 | 2:16 am
August 5, 2008 | 8:30 pmSince 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...