Dana Evan Kaplan


Should Rabbis Marry Outside the Faith?

By Dana Evan Kaplan and Ellen Lippmann

Should Rabbis Marry Outside the Faith?
A rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College set off a debate when he questioned the school’s policy on intermarriage. The debate illuminated the Reform movement’s tricky balance.Read More


The 2 Sides of Nelson Mandela

By Dana Evan Kaplan

The 2 Sides of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a global symbol of the fight for human dignity. But there were two sides to any great leader — and Mandela sometimes made Jews very uncomfortable.Read More


Reform Jewry Grapples With Intermarriage Among Rabbinic Students

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Reform Jewry Grapples With Intermarriage Among Rabbinic Students
There’s a new controversy roiling the Reform movement: Can an applicant to rabbinic school be married to or dating a non-Jewish partner?Read More


Losing Mark Zuckerberg

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Losing Mark Zuckerberg
A Reform rabbi questions why Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apparently moved away from Judaism, and what we can learn from it.Read More


Reform's Distracting War Over Politics

By Dana Evan Kaplan

The nomination of Rabbi Rick Jacobs as president of the Union for Reform Judaism has unintentionally started what could become a divisive and even destructive internal conflict within the Reform movement. Rabbi Jacobs’s association with what are perceived to be left-wing organizations have Reform Jews with conservative or even moderate political views on Israel fearing that their movement is suddenly veering away from them.Read More






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