Union for Reform Judaism

Reform Movement Mulls Leaving Presidents Conf. In Wake Of J Street Rejection


WASHINGTON — Saying the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations needs an overhaul, the Union for Reform Judaism said leaving the umbrella body could be an option.

Hartman North America Taking On Bigger Role

Two educators, one Orthodox and one Reform, join think tank faculty.

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Underscoring its commitment to pluralism, attracting high-quality educators and the expansion of its educational work, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America hired Elana Stein Hain and Rabbi Leon Morris to new positions this week. The move solidifies the institute’s increasing role in its effort to develop and teach new ways of exploring Judaism, Israel and the relationship between North America and the Jewish state, with an emphasis on textual study.

Rabbi Leon Morris and Elana Stein Hain will expand the work of Jerusalem-based educational institution.

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.

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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

Reform Movement Sells Property To Invest Funds in Youth Programs


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


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.

URJ’s Jacobs: ‘Openness Is Our Practice’

In a first, Reform biennial opening to outsiders in bid to revitalize movement.


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 passing of the torch to Rabbi Rick Jacobs, left, from Rabbi Eric Yoffie, right. Photo courtesy URJ

Longtime Catholic Employee Leaves ‘Mishpoche’ At URJ

Dorothy Walrond logs 50 years with Reform movement.

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A month after she arrived in New York City from her native Panama, then a recent high school graduate who was looking for a job in business that would use her bilingual English-Spanish skills, Dorothy Walrond heard about an opening at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

Dorothy Walrond, seated, leaves the Union for Reform Judaism after a half-century. Photo courtesy NFTY

Chipping Away At The Orthodox Monopoly

Reform, Masorti movements see some progress for their causes, but the struggle for acceptance continues.

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The ecstasy of many non-Orthodox Jews following January’s election is over and a sober reality has begun to set in.

Sure, for the first time that anyone can remember the new Israeli government does not include any haredi or fervently Orthodox parties. But the inclusion in the coalition government of an Orthodox party — Jewish Home — has tempered hopes for sweeping changes that would end the virtual pariah status of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism in Israel.

For years, the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel have been seen as illegitimate forms of Judaism, and haredi Jews in the government have ensured that the Orthodox hegemony in the country over anything to do with religion, lifecycle events and kashrut remained intact.

Today, there are about 60 Masorti or Conservative congregations with about 15,000 members.

Hiddush president Uri Regev, above, believes Yair Lapid’s talk of civil marriage is a “sleight of hand.”

Sharansky Recommends Equal Prayer

Plan will likely face Orthodox opposition and depends on enlarging the area of the Wall dedicated to prayer.

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Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Natan Sharansky
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