Rabbi Lau-Lavie’s intermarriage proposal is “too little, too late.” It does not meet the reality test. It addresses a fictional construct.
Judaism is not a matter of obligation but a legacy of moral wisdom from whose teachings we may pick and choose.
Judaism’s Reform movement has launched a new storytelling podcast that’s engaging new audiences in an old way of relating Jewish messages.
“As people of faith, we believe that we have a responsibility to be caretakers of Divine creation,” the groups wrote.
Reform Movement initiative to address wage gap factors at “every stage of employment.”
Leaders of the U.S. Reform movement met with Palestinian Authority President President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. “I was impressed with the president’s clear and unequivocal commitment to the two-state solution,” Jacobs said in a statement. “He clearly is frustrated with the lack of progress, or even the existence of ongoing negotiations. I share that frustration.”
Across the country, wherever they gather, Jews seem anxious and afraid. They’re afraid for America. They’re afraid for Israel. And, to an alarming degree, they’re afraid of each other.
Some American Jews may now find themselves in a largely unprecedented predicament: that of praying against their own government.
Reform Judaism, America’s largest denominational stream, boasts some 900 congregations in America, including some with thousands of member families. So what possessed Rabbi David Ellenson, the renowned scholar and then-president of Reform Judaism’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to travel to tiny Temple Beth El, in Lexington, Mississippi, — population 2,000 — for that 12-member congregation’s 2005 centennial celebration?
When Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, a retired rabbi from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, performed an intermarriage ceremony for his stepdaughter and her fiancé in 2014 more than a glass got shattered at the end of the wedding ceremony. Rabbi Rosenbloom’s membership in the Rabbinical Assembly wound up in pieces as well. In December 2016, the rabbinical body expelled him for disobeying the ban on rabbinic officiation at intermarriages. Not only officiating; also attending intermarriages, even those of close relatives, is asur (forbidden).