Israeli Religious Services Minister David Azoulay — from the haredi Shas Party — drew a wave of backlash earlier this week when he said that Reform Jews aren’t Jews. Among those who spoke out against the minister was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office will convene a roundtable of representatives from Jewish religious movements and government ministries to address the movements’ concerns.
Israel’s religious services minister said that his remarks about Reform Jews were taken out of context, but he did not apologize for their nature.
Jewish groups in the United States slammed Israel’s religious services minister for saying that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jewish.