A year after the Netanyahu government promised to create a space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel, nothing has happened. Maybe it’s time for American Jews to stop pleading and do something bold.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bill to prevent non-Orthodox public prayer at the Western Wall was submitted to the Knesset. Under the measure submitted Sunday, the site would be placed under the jurisdiction of the Chief Rabbinate and be governed by the religious practice approved by the Chief Rabbinate and Israel’s rabbinic courts, which in practice is Orthodox. A fine…
(JTA) — Natan Sharansky announced he will be stepping down from his position as chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel in June. Sharansky, 68, will complete his second term before he leaves. He took the post in June 2009. “I’m not going to serve another term,” he told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “I told…
Chances for de-escalation between Israel’s religious establishment and non-Orthodox movements in Israel and North America appear increasingly unlikely as new developments pile atop old ones adding layers of injury.
The Israeli government will order a permanent bimah, or an elevated podium for prayer, to be built in the southern section of the Western Wall holy site as a signal to American and Israeli non-Orthodox movements that it is serious about implementing its plan for an egalitarian prayer space there.
Michael Douglas, who grew up in a secular family, has embarked on a campus speaking tour with Natan Sharansky, the famed former Soviet dissident. Can these two very different figures team up to make skeptical college students support Israel?
After the widely-acclaimed “Natasha” and “The Free World,” David Bezmozgis returns with “The Betrayers,” inspired in part by the tale of Natan Sharansky. Yevgeniya Traps weighs in.
On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in Paris. Instead of romantic hideaways, she showed him places where she organized protests on his behalf.
For many Sephardic Jews, Spain’s new law offering citizenship is exciting. For Israel, it’s embarrassing by comparison to the Jewish state’s ‘right of return.’
Natan Sharansky joined Forward opinion editor Gal Beckerman the relatives of political prisoners in asking the U.S. Congress to speak of their loved ones during meetings with foreign officials.