religious pluralism

Tel Aviv Fines Grocery Stores For Staying Open On Shabbat

07/06/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Many Tel Aviv grocery stores stayed open on the Sabbath even though Israel’s interior minister rejected an amendment to a municipal statute that would have allowed their opening.

At GA In Jerusalem, A Push For Pluralism

Annual federation assembly culminates in march to the Kotel.
11/12/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Jerusalem — Two marches here, 10 years apart, speak to the evolving nature of the diaspora-Israel relationship.

In 2003, during the height of the second intifada, thousands came to Israel’s capital for the annual General Assembly (GA) of the North American federation movement and showed their solidarity with the Jewish state by marching through the streets of Jerusalem.

Gary Rosenblatt

Respecting ‘The Other’ At The Next Desk

The ABC’s of religious pluralism in a Jerusalem classroom.
Israel Correspondent
05/28/2012 - 20:00

Jerusalem — For 15-year-old Ella Gal, “the other” isn’t an Israeli-Arab teen from Jaffa or a Palestinian high schooler in Ramallah. He’s the boy in the kipa sitting next to her in class.
Gal, whose father was raised secular but whose non-religious mother was brought up Orthodox, attends the Keshet School in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem, an oasis of religious pluralism in an increasingly divided Israeli society.

Ofer Gordon, who is religious, and Ella Gal, who is secular, study together at the Keshet School. Photos by Michele Chabin

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images

Conversion Controversy: A Perfect Storm (And A Way Out)

07/19/2010 - 20:00

The showdown over a controversial conversion bill in the Knesset will likely be averted for the moment. But any sigh of relief you may hear around the Jewish world is premature. 

Gary Rosenblatt

Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Reform Bill

07/11/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a new draft of a conversion reform bill, angering non-Orthodox Jewish movements.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the bill in a 5-4 vote, clearing its path to the Knesset floor. The bill must pass three readings and votes before it can be approved. Likud Party committee members were absent from the vote.

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