Last week was a big one for Daryl Messinger. A resident of Palo Alto, California, and an active board member of several organizations, Messinger was installed as chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, becoming the first woman to hold that post. And she chanted Torah for the first time — in front of 5,000 worshippers at Shabbat morning services. Following the movement’s biennial here, Messinger answered a few questions via email.
There were ballerinas, a full dance ensemble, soloists, a harpist, a video tribute to Jewish luminaries in multiple fields, a multimedia orchestra performance celebrating the enduring light of creation, a speech from the prime minister, stand-up from Jay Leno, and an audience packed with top Jewish communal movers and shakers from both sides of the Atlantic.
Depending on where you stand, the rejection of J Street highlights the dovish group’s missteps or the shortcomings of the Presidents Conference as a Jewish umbrella organization.
The Forward opened a big screen Pandora’s Box with our story about Jews playing non-Jews. Ami Eden gets all in a tizzy about 3 ‘outrageous omissions’ from the list.
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