Reform Judaism

The Future's So Bright: Are Reform Rabbis Ready for the 21st Century?

04/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Hundreds of Reform Rabbis traveled to New Orleans… sounds like the start of a joke, yes? This past week marked the 122nd Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis - the CCAR - and, yes, this year's convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Reform Seeks Clarifications in Bradley Manning WikiLeaks Case

03/30/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Reform Movement sought clarifications from the Pentagon on the treatment of the soldier accused in a massive leaks case.

The letter sent Tuesday by Reform's Religious Action Center to Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted "incomplete" reports in the media about the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, who allegedly is behind leaks of classified documents last year to WikiLeaks.

Some of the reports have suggested that Manning is forced to sleep naked and to stand naked outside his cell each morning.

Thank you, Glenn Beck, for Clarifying my Job Description

03/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It's not often that I want to give thanks to Glenn Beck. But, recently, he really made my life a lot easier. Truly, I'm so glad that Glenn Beck has helped me figure out who I am as a Reform Rabbi.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Reform Movement Accepts Beck’s Apology

02/27/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Reform Movement accepted Fox News host Glenn Beck's apology for comparing Reform Judaism to radical Islam.

"The Reform Movement sincerely hopes this apology opens a new door of understanding and cooperation between us and helps to elevate the state of our political discourse," Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism wrote in a letter to Beck.

Glenn Beck apologizes; was it enough?

Commentator Glenn Beck has apologized for yesterday's slur against Reform rabbis, in which he claimed they focus more on social justice than on religion, and used an analogy to radical Islam.

Glenn Beck: Reform rabbis and "radicalized Islam"

The Reform movement is less than pleased – okay, they're really outraged – that Glenn Beck, who has been waging a campaign against religious groups that dare talk about “social justice,” thinks their rabbis are sort of like radical shieks.

New Focus On Young Families

Area congregations using ‘incubator’ grants to bolster ‘early engagement.’

02/22/2011
Editorial Assistant

The Sinai Free Synagogue is counting on story time to draw new members. As kids are tucked in to “Kippi and the Missing Matzah” in March or “Beautiful Yetta the Yiddish Chicken” in May — two PJ Library selections — the Westchester synagogue will run parallel programming and events to get those young readers in their doors.

Rabbi Dan Freelander of the URJ.

Reform Leaders Push New Image of Strong, Growing Israel Movement

02/18/2011
JTA

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Rabbi Reuven Bar Ephraim of Switzerland says it’s sometimes a challenge for him to defend Israel when his own Reform movement is not recognized by Israel’s Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate.

Why is Patrilineal Descent Not Catching On in Reform Worldwide?

02/13/2011
JTA

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- 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 “Who is a Jew” not just between the Orthodox-dominated Israeli Rabbinate and American Jewish liberal movements, but also between American Reform Judaism and most of the Diaspora.

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