Reform

US Jewish Groups Hail Mixed-Gender Western Wall Space

02/01/2016 - 11:05
RNS

Jerusalem — American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand — and fund — a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as a first step toward official Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Women of the Wall, who retrieved a Torah scroll from the men’s prayer section despite regulations against women. RNS

Saudi’s New King Salman Likely To Stay The Muslim Kingdom’s Course

01/26/2015 - 19:00

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who took the helm of the world’s last absolute monarchy Friday, faces turbulence at home and abroad but is unlikely to change the course set by his predecessors.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is seen during President Barack Obama’s visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh on Jan. 27.

‘Ruby’ Has Non-Orthodox Seeing Red

Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism.

06/02/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv—The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title.

Reuven Rivlin. Getty Images

URJ Biennial: Will This Be The Year Of Inclusion?

In just a couple of days, nearly five thousand Reform Jews will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center for the 72nd Union of Reform Judaism Biennial Convention. Despite that impressive number, this experience has not been fully inclusive of those with disabilities.

Lisa Friedman

"I Am Not Orthodox"

Our definitions should be based on the highest common denominator: the Jewish soul.

11/13/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am not Orthodox.

There. I said it.

Rabbi Mendel Teldon

Raised Reform, A Mom Finds Her Kids' Disabilities Give The Lie To Labels

I always assumed I would raise my children as Reform Jews, just as I had been raised. Actually, when I was growing up, I considered our  family "observant Reform."  We went to temple every Shabbat and holiday. My father was president of our congregation; my mother chaired innumerable committees and my sister and I served as youth group presidents. We were proud Jews, but liberal ones. Few people in our synagogue (ourselves included) kept kosher or wore kippot. In college, I was one of the few Hillel regulars who needed to learn the Birkat Hamazon. Some years after college, when my husband and I married, we joined a Reform congregation, fully expecting our own new family to follow a similar path.

Joanna Dreifus

Rebuilding: A Holy Community Through It All

11/17/2012 - 19:00

“Well, it looks like the voluntary evacuations just became mandatory,” I said to the room of Adult Ed students. I was trying, unsuccessfully, to show a film, but it seemed that the lack of success was meant to be – it enabled us to get a head start on the preparations for the approaching hurricane. As a congregation on the South Shore of Long Island, we were quite concerned about the storm. Many of our congregants lived within the evacuated area south of Merrick Road, and the dire warnings had us all frightened.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

The Ballad Of The Single Female Rabbi

06/28/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 There are so many amazing aspects to being a rabbi. It is a privilege to join people during their most special lifecycle moments (those of joy and of sorrow), to help draw them closer to our heritage and to the divine, and to mark the Jewish year with meaningful ritual. I truly love it, and my life is enriched because of being a rabbi. I have never once regretted taking part in this holy work, except…

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Obama To Reform Jews: No Administration Has Done More For Israel

12/16/2011 - 19:00
JTA

President Obama told a gathering of Reform Jewry not to let anyone challenge his record of support for Israel, which he said was "unprecedented."

"No U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours -- none," he said in an address Friday afternoon to more than 5,000 people at the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism. "Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. It is a fact."

The crowd at a hotel in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington gave him a standing ovation.

The Ravitch Switch: Searching for Answers to the Radical Transformation of Education Critic Diane Ravitch

Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become a ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate.  It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.

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