Reform Judaism

Amid Celebration, Anxiety Remains For Transgender Reform Jews

URJ’s far-reaching equality move hailed, but ‘prejudices still exist.’

11/17/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Ari Lev Fornari, a rabbi and prison chaplain, never heard the word “transgender” until his sophomore year of college.

Resolution promises progress for transgender Jews, but anxiety remains. Courtesy of Keshet

World Union Of Progressive Judaism Names New President

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Web Editor

The international umbrella organization of several liberal streams of Judaism has named Reform leader Rabbi Daniel Freelander as its new president, the World Union of Progressive Judaism said in a press release.

Rabbi Daniel Freelander. Courtesy of Union of Reform Judaism

How I Became A Reform Jew

A popular singer has her mind and heart opened at recent URJ biennial.

12/30/2013 - 19:00

I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish.

My late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, raised us in an observant Orthodox household. Our lives were filled with beautiful ritual and we celebrated the wonder of a familial spiritual connection.

Neshama Carlebach

Life Lessons In The Lunchline

Rabbi Chanina taught, "I have learned much from my teachers. I have learned more from my colleagues than my teachers. But I have learned more from my students than from all of them." (Babylonian Talmud, Taanit, 7a)

A mundane setting, but a profound lesson for both teachers and taught. Fotolia

A Rabbi's New Wedding Role -- As Bride

04/04/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As some of my readers may remember, I am getting married later this month. I feel so lucky to have met my soulmate, and our relationship gets stronger and stronger as the months pass. And, though I’ve officiated at dozens and dozens of weddings, I find myself feeling as though we are creating the whole thing from scratch. I guess I expected myself to be an expert on all things wedding, but I’ve learned the lesson that you are probably all anticipating: it’s always different when it is your own event!

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Temple Emanu-El Hires Joshua Davidson As Senior Rabbi

03/17/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El, one of the oldest and largest Reform congregations in the world, has hired Rabbi Joshua Davidson as its senior rabbi.

More Non-Orthodox Rabbis Seek State Recognition

With Israel funding 16 liberal rabbis in ‘outlying’ areas, urban ones now petition for their share.
06/04/2012 - 20:00
Israel Correspondnet

Jerusalem — If anyone were rooting for Miri Gold, one of the 16 non-Orthodox rabbis the Israeli government recognized last week as a community rabbi of an outlying area, it was Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman.

Like Rabbi Gold, who was the plaintiff in the Israel Religious Action Center’s (IRAC’s) High Court petition demanding salaries for rabbis in outlying communities, Rabbi Kelman is petitioning the court for recognition of non-Orthodox neighborhood rabbis in towns and cities.

Reform Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman is the plaintiff in a new High Court petition. Michele Chabin

Social Justice Still Drives Jewish Agenda, Survey Notes

Liberal leanings seen having implications in campaign.
04/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a just-released survey that is being seen as a “deep” vein of data about the values that animate Jewish life — and likely affect Jewish voting patterns — the Jewish community’s commitment to social justice reveals itself in sharp relief.

A new survey shows that American Jews feel social justice is more important to their identity than support for Israel.

URJ To Restructure Movement

03/25/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer


Faced with a member dropout problem and internal dissent from prominent leaders, the Union of Reform Judaism is undergoing another round of restructuring, its second since 2008.

The country’s largest Jewish denomination, the URJ is both hiring and firing staff in order to bring its structure more in line with the priorities of its new leader, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who assumed the position at the movement’s 2011 Biennial meeting.

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