Rick Jacobs

Cautious Optimism For Expanding Conversion Process In Israel

Leaders of liberal religious movements favor bill to include more rabbis in the process; Netanyahu is opposed.

10/29/2014
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Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders here are cautiously bracing for a Knesset debate on a bill in Israel designed to increase the number of conversions to Judaism.

Reform Movement Sells Property To Invest Funds in Youth Programs

12/16/2013
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SAN DIEGO — The Union for Reform Judaism has sold off half of its headquarters in New York and is investing $1 million from the proceeds to overhaul its youth programming.

Reform Biennial Opening To Outsiders In Bid To Revitalize Movement

12/04/2013
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NEW YORK — First there was the Conservative movement’s October biennial conference, billed as “The conversation of the century” and opened up to presenters from outside the movement.

The Eternal Conversation

Rabbi Rick Jacobs: 'I think about God every day. I'm not petitioning. I'm not praising. I'm simply sitting with the One.'

03/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: This article introduces a new column in which Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, executive director of the Skirball Center for Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-el and founding rabbi of Congregation Sulam Yaakov in Larchmont, asks leading religious figures, thinkers and activists in Jewish life what they think about God? He began with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Reform Leaders Call For Israeli Police Probe Of Anat Hoffman Arrest

10/21/2012

 Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall.

Reform leaders in the United States said Thursday that they have spoken with Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, about the incident involving Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center and chair of the Women of the Wall.

URJ Biennial Recap Days 3 and 4: "A Shabbat Of Wholeness"

12/18/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I’ve had some incredible Shabbat experiences in my lifetime thus far…but this past Friday and Saturday have won the prize for best ever. Biennial attendees woke up Friday morning, and most of us only thought about one word: “Obama.” Yes, friends, President Barack Obama was going to be paying us all a visit at the 71st URJ Biennial here in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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