Reform Judaism

Jamaica Farewell

Escorting a murdered black Jew, and lonely Jews, to the grave.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

No one gets out of here alive. The only question is “who by fire, who by water,” say the services on the Days of Awe:

In a Jamaican cemetery, mourners from Brooklyn join local mourners at the burial of Yosef Robinson.

Time To End The Reform-Orthodox Wars

08/30/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

With the renewed seasonal outbreak of the Reform-Orthodox wars, I cannot see myself as a mere bystander, inasmuch as the letter by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, is addressed to me, as an official town rabbi. (See).

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

RCA: Bill Is Not Matter For American Liberals

07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

While the Reform and Conservative movements here mounted campaigns to convince Israeli lawmakers to vote against the proposed conversion bill, the largest group of Orthodox rabbis here said American Jews should keep out of internal Israeli matters. 

“The legislation is designed to change nothing regarding North American Jewish issues, a matter which in any event is far less significant to the State of Israel and its citizens than the undoubted benefits that the bill promises,” said the statement by the Rabbinical Council of America.

Vote Shelved On Gay Unions

05/07/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Reform rabbinate has begun developing a list of members willing to perform same-sex marriages after its leaders decided to shelve plans to vote on a resolution sanctioning rabbinic officiation of such unions.

Reform Divided Over Gay Unions

04/27/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Will Reform rabbis endorse officiating at same-sex marriages? A draft of a yet-unpublished report by a committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis says there can be kedushah (sanctification) in gay marriages, but a growing number of Reform rabbis seem to oppose adopting a resolution to that effect at their June convention.

Same-Sex Deal Averts Reform Rift

04/06/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the weeks before Reform rabbis met to sanction officiating at gay and lesbian unions, rabbis on both sides of the issue waged a spirited debate on Web chat rooms. “The amount of vituperation on the Internet became unbearable,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, L.I. “There were personal attacks, professional attacks, outright lies and innuendoes.”

Taking Reform Jews Seriously

11/13/1997 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
Dallas — I wish the chief rabbinate of Israel had sent a representative or two last weekend to the Reform movement’s biennial convention here.

And Then There Was One

11/18/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
It was only a matter of time. Like a species that has seen its habitat slowly shrink, the Reform Jews of the Five Towns have long been on the endangered list. Orthodox Jews  have in the last generation transformed the area that was once filled with Reform and Conservative Jews and known for its classy shopping strip along Central Avenue. Now, Temple Sinai of Long Island in Lawrence, which has seen its membership plummet over the years, is preparing to merge with Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, leaving only one Reform synagogue in the Five Towns.

Pulpit Of Color

05/19/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
As a student rabbi, Alysa Stanton — who next month becomes the first ever African-American woman rabbi — was assigned to intern in a congregation in Dothan, Ala. But no sooner did she arrive than the president of the congregation called the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati to complain. “He said, ‘Are you kidding,?’” recalled Rabbi Ken Kanter, director of HUC’s rabbinical program.

Window For Pluralism

05/19/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Israel’s Reform and Conservative movements began calculating Tuesday how much money they would receive hours after Israel’s top court ordered the state to fund their conversion programs. The government currently provides $410,000 to conversion preparatory programs run by the Orthodox. It provides no money for non-Orthodox programs, and in 2006 The Movement for Progressive Judaism, which handles Reform conversions, filed suit.
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