Reform Movement

Pro-Choice Ordination Language

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis.

06/01/2016 - 08:38


Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though few seemed to notice: The language on their ordination certificates was markedly different than that of their male colleagues.

Members of the 2016 HUC-JIR rabbinical class reading their class prayer at an ordination ceremony this month in Cincinnati. JTA

Taube Philanthropies Grants $15m To Update Reform Movement’s Israel Campus

05/23/2016 - 16:30

The Reform movement in Israel is receiving a $15 million grant from the Taube Philanthropies to update its Jerusalem headquarters.

An architect’s rendering of the planned new entrance to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. JTA

URJ’s Focus Now On ‘Day After’ Iran Deal

Reflecting split in community, Reform movement not taking sides on pact; ‘no clarity.’

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Professional and lay leaders of the Reform movement — America’s largest — have been unable to reach agreement on the Iranian nuclear agreement, reflecting the split pollsters have found in the American Jewish community.

A Tougher Reform Road To Conversion

Stephen Wise’s revamped program signals new rigor for ‘transformative’ step.

05/19/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Johanna Rauth began looking for a synagogue where she could go through the process of converting to Judaism, one program stood out. Instead of taking about 12 months to complete, the program took 18. Instead of requiring an average of 16 weeks of classes, the program required 30. She signed up.

Conversion student Melissa Hume and Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch discuss prayers for Shabbat. Michael Datikash/JW

Reform Movement Joins ‘Klinghoffer’ Protest

10/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Reform movement today joined the chorus of Jewish organizations protesting an upcoming Metropolitan Opera production widely considered anti-Semitic.

A rally protesting the Met Opera's "The Death of Klinghoffer" drew about 1,500-2,000 people. Michael Datikash/JW

Israeli MK Apologizes, Says Comments On Reform ‘Misinterpreted’

02/05/2014 - 19:00

JERUSALEM — Israeli lawmaker David Rotem apologized for comments attributed to him that members of the Reform movement are not Jewish, saying his words were “misinterpreted.”

In A First, Reform Rabbis On Israel's Payroll

01/02/2014 - 19:00

Israeli government money was transferred for the first time to the Reform Movement in Israel to pay the salaries of four community Reform rabbis.

The transfer of the more than $86,000 on Wednesday comes 18 months after Israel’s Supreme Court approved an arrangement to enable non-Orthodox rabbis who lead congregations to receive state salaries like their Orthodox counterparts.

Rabbi Miri Gold: Sued Israeli government for funding access.

The List: Biggest Inclusion Plays And Players Of 2013

As we start the New Year, it’s important to look back on what was accomplished for inclusion of Jews with disabilities this past year. We planted the seeds for future progress. Most of the work focused on “setting the table” for inclusion: raising awareness, creating critical policies and standards, and developing and conducting training for professionals. Hopefully, 2014 will be the year of implementation. Meanwhile, here are the top plays and players of 2013.

Inclusion leaders, from left: Shelley Cohen, Donn Weinberg and Jennifer Lazlo Mizrahi. Photo courtesy Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

An Investment In Souls

Rabbi David Ellenson remembers the legendary philanthropist whose eye was trained on the future.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many will surely speak of Edgar Bronfman and his legacy — and deservedly so. I will leave it to others to describe his extraordinarily privileged background, his many achievements in the realm of business and commerce, and his manifold philanthropic works. Each area of his exceptional life is worthy of a full-scale treatise, and I have no doubt that a complete academic biography of the man will soon emerge — the temptation for an academic or graduate student to describe the history of Jewish life in our day through an exploration of this one man’s life is surely irresistible.

Edgar Bronfman: Hailed for candor, humor and curiosity.

Westchester Rabbi Aaron Panken Elected President Of Hebrew Union College

07/31/2013 - 20:00

Rabbi Aaron Panken was elected president of The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s rabbinical school.

Rabbi Aaron Pankin, a resident of Mamaroneck, will succeed Rabbi David Ellenson in running four HUC campuses.
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