By providing a living wage to rabbis who are not eligible for state funding – and that includes the vast majority of Conservative, Reform, and liberal Orthodox rabbis today – this family believes it can help build and nurture alternative religious communities in Israel, and thereby, push back against the dominance of Orthodoxy.
Russian immigrants to Israel went from an atheist country to an Orthodox one. Why would they flock to the Reform movement, the most American of Jewish streams?
Where did the Jews originate? For DNA expert Bennett Greenspan, the vast majority share Middle East origins — and other theories only aim to ‘discredit the Jews.’
Non-Jews have assumed prominent roles in American Conservative and Reform synagogues, in some cases accounting for a large share of congregation membership.
When the Reform movement recently opened its first congregation in the Negev capital of Be’er Sheva, its members had just one little request: Don’t call it Reform.
The number of people who believe they are descendants of the Jews or the ancient Israelites about equals the number of officially recognized Jews.
Inspired by Taglit-Birthright’s free trips to Israel for college students, a brand new program will bring Jewish newlyweds from North America on heavily subsidized honeymoons to the Holy Land.
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is reviewing the validity of conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel — despite the U.S. ruling that the ‘peeping’ rabbi’s conversions ‘remain halakhically valid.’
Many Orthodox synagogues now allow or even encourage women to dance with scrolls on Simchat Torah. More than 100 Israelis shuls have joined in the trend.
Eleven months of the year, traffic is slow at best at a Tel Aviv shofar store. But as the High Holidays draw near, it’s a madhouse.