Rabbi Richard Jacobs

Israel Prize-Winner Disparages Liberal Rabbis

In wake of Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative rabbis, Rabbi Chaim Druckman gives them the back of his hand. Exclusive Jewish Week interview.

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, this year’s winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the country’s highest honor, raised some eyebrows this week with his dismissal of the Israeli government’s decision last week to, for the first time, recognize Conservative and Reform rabbis.

The move, by Israel’s attorney general, not only recognizes them as rabbis but also pays 16 of them who work in rural settings.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman: Says Reform and Conservative rabbis "are not rabbis."

New Reform Head Walking Pro-Israel Tightrope

URJ President-designate Rabbi Rick Jacobs embraces J Street goals,
not necessarily all its actions.

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

Rabbi Richard Jacobs of Scarsdale, poised to become the next leader of the Reform movement, recalled this week taking part in an anti-government protest in Jerusalem last July sponsored by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs with IDF soldiers at Westchester Reform Temple in March 2010.
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