What can we do to help Israel’s fragile new government survive?
It wasn’t only about helping a limited number of people – important though that was. It was an opportunity to enlist the vocal support of the wider Jewish community and, ultimately, influence the UK government to live up to its promises on refugee absorption.
Identified as Israel’s second largest “tribe” in the Pew Research Center’s new, comprehensive survey of Israelis and their social and political demography, Masorti Jews are most easily defined by the space they occupy on the country’s Jewish spectrum: to the left of the Orthodox and to the right of the secular.
The Chief Rabbinate has issued a warning that wine produced by the first Israeli winery to be supervised by the Masorti Movement, as the Conservative Movement is called in Israel, is not kosher.
For the first time in the history of the Masorti movement, its rabbis performed conversions to Judaism in Portugal.
Israel is rightly concerned about the right of Jews in Germany to carry out circumcisions. It should be just as worried about freedom of worship for Jews in Israel.
Noa Raz wasn’t totally surprised when, on May 11, a Haredi man stared at the marks on her arm at Be’er Sheva’s central bus station. The 30-year-old Israeli woman prays each morning wearing a tallit and tefillin and the latter sometimes leaves imprints on her pale forearms.
Before leaving for Israel, where she will take part in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ annual mission to the Jewish state, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld reflects on the recent debacle over women’s prayer at the Western Wall — responding both as the Rabbinical Assembly’s executive vice president and as the mother of two young boys. What follows are excerpts from her essay:
Leaders of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel today sent Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. a letter questioning recent remarks which seemed to criticize accounts of a woman who was arrested at the Kotel for wearing a prayer shawl.