He referred to the location as “a place with a profound Jewish flavor.”
“If it was found out that we attended an intermarriage, meaning standing in the back of the venue, we would be kicked out of the Rabbinical Assembly.”
“This means that Reform and Conservative Jewish practice are now seen as authentic and preferable by these largely secular and traditional Israelis.”
For the truth of the matter is, in the Israeli context, more religion — of whatever kind — translates into greater illiberalism.
B’nai Israel in West Bloomfield, MI is a Conservative Jewish synagogue with over 100 families.
Adas Israel has 1600 member families, with 600-700 participating in Shabbat morning services weekly.
Here, Shabbat services can alternate weekly between Reform and Conservative, while on the High Holidays, both services are offered in separate rooms.
Israelis are coming to our Reform centers and synagogues to seek community, prayer and social action, but mostly to celebrate life.
The Pulitizer Prize-winner wrote earlier this month that he had an aggressive form of cancer and had weeks to live.
A new data analysis reveals that over the next few decades, the American Jewish community will look quite different than it does today.