Reform Jews

‘We Insist On Equality’

Reform and Conservative leaders press Israeli president on rights for non-Orthodox.

12/15/2015 (All day)

It was all hugs and smiles when Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met last Friday with leaders of America’s three main Jewish denominations at an event hosted by UJA-Federation of New York.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and URJ head Rabbi Rick Jacobs at last week’s event here. JTA

Israel’s Religion Minister: Reform Remarks Taken Out Of Context

07/08/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israel’s religious services minister said that his remarks about Reform Jews were taken out of context, but he did not apologize for their nature.

So Much For Unity

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Several weeks ago, large numbers of Jews from around the world took part in “Unity Day,” an event created by the families of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered a year ago to mark the “spirit of unprecedented unity among the Jewish People” following the tragedy.

A Call For 'Audacious Hospitality'

'Being against intermarriage is like being against gravity,' says Reform leader, but jury is out on trend's long-term impact.

01/14/2014 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

There was a time when American Jewish families sat shiva when a child married out of the faith. Even two or three decades ago the prevailing attitude was one of disappointment, embarrassment and regret, coupled with a parental commitment to make the best of it and hope the grandchildren would be raised as Jews.

Gary Rosenblatt

We Talk A Good Game

03/19/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher much, if any, cooperation and collaboration can there be — or should there be — among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities, starting with their rabbis?

Gary Rosenblatt

Are Synagogues Still Relevant?

03/14/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent release of a draft strategic plan for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is simply the latest indicator of the challenge facing non-Orthodox Judaism in the United States. The USCJ press release was accompanied by data showing that the movement has lost 14 percent of their affiliated families since 2001, and twice that percentage in the Northeast Region.

Orthodox, Reform Groups Back Pollard

10/11/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Orthodox and Reform Jewish groups are backing a letter circulating in the House of Representatives asking President Obama to extend clemency to Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, has been serving a life sentence since 1985 for passing classified information to Israel.
U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Bill Pascrell (D- N.J.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Anthony Weiner (D- N.Y.) are circulating the letter among their colleagues and plan to submit it to Obama in the coming days.

Yes, Obama Is A Muslim (by non-halachic standards and Lenny Bruce)

As an Orthodox Jew, I believe that membership in a religion is not casual but legal, something like American citizenship (if you support the good people of Arizona). You can't just cross the Rio Grande and vote in Phoenix. There is a rigerous citizenship process, a conversion process, or there is Judaism's singular qualification -- being born to a Jewish mother.

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