David Ellenson


My Feminist Foremothers

By David Ellenson

This is the eleventh entry in an ongoing series exploring Jewish feminism. Read More


Reform Judaism Isn’t an Island

By David Ellenson

These days, everyone seems to have something to say about what they think is wrong with Reform Judaism. We have heard that the Reform movement is, at best, in stasis and, at worst, facing a significant decline in its membership rolls. Some argue that Reform institutions are insufficiently nimble and overly bureaucratic. Others point to what they see as an underlying ideological or theological malaise, suggesting that Reform Judaism does not galvanize Reform Jews to acknowledge and act upon their covenantal obligations.Read More


Remembering Avi Gross Schaefer: Student, Soldier, Future Peacemaker

By David Ellenson

Remembering Avi Gross Schaefer: Student, Soldier, Future Peacemaker
Avi Gross Schaefer, a 21-year-old veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and a freshman at Brown University, was killed almost instantly February 12, after being hit by a car driven by a drunken driver. Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer and his wife, Laurie Gross, a prominent artist, have lost a son, and the wider world lost someone who was primed to make a difference as a peacemaker.Read More


Obscene Orthodox Hatred Demands a Clear Denunciation

By David Ellenson

Several weeks ago, the former Israeli chief Sephardic rabbi, Mordecai Eliyahu, charged that the Holocaust was divine punishment meted out against our people on account of the sin of Reform Judaism. Such an accusation is infuriating, and unleashes unnecessary hatred and incitement among Jews.Read More


Students Seek Spiritual Growth Through Service

By David Ellenson

“It is vital to learn how to stand before God,” said Abraham Joshua Heschel, explaining his participation in the famed 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. “Even without words, our march was worship.”Read More



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