Yoffie Calls for Moratorium on E. Jerusalem Construction

Breaking rank with most Jewish organizations, America’s largest synagogue movement is calling on Israel to declare a moratorium on new building in East Jerusalem, following the latest dispute over plans to build 1,600 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

Conversion Bill Sparks Unusual Push Back From Diaspora Jews

A bill now stalled in the Knesset has once again opened up a rift between Israel and North American Jewry over the question of who is a Jew.


Are Israel’s Policies a Threat to the U.S.?

The dispute between Israel and the United States over building plans in East Jerusalem has left some supporters of Israel with a bitter aftertaste.


Who Will Make Peace When Palestinians Are Divided?

Whenever he is asked about prospects for a two-state solution, Moshe Elad, who was the first head of Israeli-Palestinian security coordination after the Oslo Accords, answers with a question of his own: “In the West, people see removing settlements as the most effective way of moving things forward. But say we reach a point where settlements are removed. Where the hell do we go from there?”


Renewal Raises Its Sights While Resisting Any Label

The denominations that make up mainstream American Judaism — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist — all seem to be struggling with organizational issues while clinging fiercely to their separate identities. But not Jewish Renewal, a small movement based on the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Renewal is facing the exact opposite problem: It is struggling to mature as a movement without becoming a denomination.

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