Reuven Hammer

Rough Start For Conversion Institute

05/01/1998
Staff Writer
Talk about your rocky starts. Israel’s new multi-denominational committee to create a joint religious conversion institute held its first board meeting Monday, but things immediately went wrong. As an act of protest, the Conservative movement refused to send its official representative to the government-sponsored panel.

Guide For The Perplexed

03/28/2003
Staff Writer
Feeling a little lost as the service in your Conservative synagogue moves ahead? Your movement has something for you: Or Hadash (New Light), a new commentary on the Conservative movement's prayer book, Sim Shalom. It's a book within a book, a commentary wrapped around the prayer book. It's a kind of beginner's service in print, but deeper, with historical context and contemporary commentary running along side the prayers.

Bill Won't Keep Non-Orthodox Off Councils

01/29/1999
Staff Writer
In the end, the fight over whether Reform and Conservative leaders could sit on powerful religious councils in Israel apparently turned on a Talmudic loophole. By a vote of 50-49, the Knesset this week adopted a bill crafted to keep Reform and Conservative representatives off religious councils, which dispense millions of dollars to religious institutions throughout the country.
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