President Obama will address the Reform movement's biennial.
The Union for Reform Judaism said Thursday that Obama would address the Dec. 14-18 policymaking conference at a location in the greater Washington area, and the White House confirmed that the speech would take place.
Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, has advised Obama's White House on a number of issues, particularly those related to the intersection of faith and public policy.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two weeks before their launch, the promised renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has already engendered a first: a joint statement of welcome by mainstream U.S. Jewish and Palestinian groups.
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld spent a few days around fishermen near the Gulf of Mexico last week and thought of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert.
Rabbi Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, was part of a 12-member, interfaith clergy group that toured the Gulf Coast area for 2½ days under the auspices of the Sierra Club and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.