WASHINGTON, DC—Rabbi Shlomo Riskin first met Pastor John Hagee when he attended a rabbinic installation in San Antonio, Texas. At the time, Riskin was planning to develop a center for the study of Christian-Jewish relations in Efrat, Israel, where he is now the chief rabbi.
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.
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.