Israel Religious Action Center

Holocaust Survivor Suing El Al Over Seat Change Request

Eighty-one-year-old Renee Rabinowitz's lawsuit serving as test case for Reform movement's Israel Religious Action Center.

02/29/2016 - 11:44

Jerusalem — An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move her seat because a haredi Orthodox man refused to sit next to her.

An El Al flight seen at the airstrip at the Ben Gurion International Airport, Aug. 5, 2013. JTA

Don’t Mistake Criticism Of Policies As Lack Of Caring For Israel

Young people are engaging in the multilayered reality of Israeli life and policy, and thinking independently about solutions.
10/22/2012 - 20:00

On the Israel-diaspora front, surprising good news and, unfortunately, not-so-surprising bad news.

First, the bad news. The arrest and harassment of a woman reciting the Shema prayer aloud during Rosh Chodesh services this past week at the Western Wall is nothing less than shameful — an act that Jews of all denominations and beliefs should view as an embarrassment and outrage.

Toward A More Perfect Union

Rabbi Uri Regev has been on a crusade to make Israel a more religiously equitable country. A lot of forces are lined up against him, but he sees some change in the wind.
Staff Writer
05/28/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Uri Regev is president and CEO of Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel, a group founded in 2009 to promote religious liberty and equality in Israel. He was also a founding chair and executive director of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center and president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Uri Regev

Sitting At The Front Of The Bus

Israel Religious Action Center launches ‘Freedom Rider’ campaign to ensure gender segregation not imposed on ‘kosher’ lines.
01/10/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Gratified though they are by last week’s High Court decision to ban “mehadrin” buses that separate passengers by gender, Israeli activists fear that the companies that run these lines will not always enforce it.

So they are taking it upon themselves to personally test compliance and are inviting adventurous tourists to join them.

Religious Jerusalemites wait for the No. 2 bus from the Old City to the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof.

IRAC, Abraham Fund Call for Charges Against Safed Rabbi

10/23/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Israeli groups with U.S. affiliates called for the criminal investigation of a municipal rabbi who asked Jews not to rent apartments to non-Jews.

The Israel Religious Action Center, an affiliate of the Reform movement, and the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and that has a U.S. office, this week sent separate letters to Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein calling on him to launch a criminal incitement probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Ha'aretz reported.

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