Reform Movement

Liberal Legislative Outlook Is ‘Daunting’

11/08/2010 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

With more than 60 House seats and 650 state legislature seats changing hands and decades-long office holders of all political stripes losing their jobs, we’re still coming to grips with what happened in last week’s congressional midterm elections, let alone what it means for the future.

More Jewish groups speaking out against Islam bashing

More Jewish groups are getting the message that the epidemic of Islam bashing isn't ...well, good for the Jews or any other religious minority.

Yesterday a broad spectrum of religious leaders gathered in Washington to discuss the rising tide of anti-Islam bigotry. Representing the Jewish community at sessions hosted by the Islamic Society of North America: Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).

Reform movement to Justice Department: protect Muslims

As invective about the proposed Islamic center in Manhattan gets uglier, the Reform movement has joined with several other faith and advocacy groups in calling on the Obama administration to take stronger measures to “protect millions of American Muslims” and to take stronger steps to protect r

Reform Leader Yoffie To Retire In 2012

Rabbi Eric Yoffie outlines ambitious program for next two years
06/09/2010 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, one of the most outspoken and often controversial leaders in American Jewry, announced Thursday that he plans to retire as president of the Union for Reform Judaism in two years, when he will be 65 — but not before he tackles some major challenges facing the nation’s largest synagogue movement.

He told a URJ board meeting Thursday afternoon that he plans to spend his remaining time in office focusing on rebuilding the Reform youth movement, which he said has declined to “dangerously low levels,” and to promote teen engagement.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie
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