“The language of shrinkage, that’s not the language to describe the reality of Jewish life today. Change is the language. Adapting is the language.”
The big issue that still divides the movements is interfaith marriage.
“The question is not so much will there be a URJ but what is its new purpose and how big does it need to be to achieve its goals?”
“The long-term viability of the URJ is at risk if we do not reduce personnel costs further.”
“It’s hard for me to look at my kids without choking up,” said the Union for Reform Judaism’s director of summer camp experiences.
URJ president Rabbi Rick Jacobs said KKL-JNF “deceived” leaders by hiding West Bank land purchases in Hebron and Jericho.
“The overall sense was, regardless of how people feel about the president, that respect should be shown for the office of the president.”
Rob Kvidt will be the first to take on this role. A member for 16 years, he was ordained just a few months ago, in June.
Devra Freelander, 28, was an award-winning video and sculpture artist whose work was on display recently in Times Square.
The Jewish movement’s invitation to the civil rights activist earned sharp rebukes from Chabad, who accused him of inciting anti-Semitic riots.