“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.
Built in 1876, we are the oldest synagogue in North Carolina, built by German Jewish immigrants.
Here, Shabbat services can alternate weekly between Reform and Conservative, while on the High Holidays, both services are offered in separate rooms.
JERUSALEM A Reform congregation has won a legal battle to build a synagogue building in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon.
The decision bars Bach from being a rabbi pending his completion of a repentance process.
Israelis are coming to our Reform centers and synagogues to seek community, prayer and social action, but mostly to celebrate life.
Rabbi Lev Baesh has co-officiated a wedding with a Native American chief on the shores of Lake Michigan. He conducted Paris’ first Catholic-Jewish ceremony. One time, he stood under the chuppah with a Hindu pandit; another, with a Shiite cleric. Things finally got tricky with an evangelical preacher — who’d been asked by the Jewish groom not to mention Jesus.
American Jews developed their unique brand of Judaism in an environment that viewed religion as compatible with pluralism, civil rights and democracy.
Claims that the notion of Jewish continuity is sexist ignore the importance of the Jewish people’s continued survival.