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.
“I don’t understand how they don’t have a policy,” one Jewish leader said. “This isn’t rocket science.”
American Judaism doesn’t have to die. It just has to look different.
A new data analysis reveals that over the next few decades, the American Jewish community will look quite different than it does today.
The rabbi, who resigned in April, often referred to the woman has his chevruta, which he called a “friend for a higher purpose.”
Despite local success stories, no national trend indicates that non-Orthodox synagogue membership is growing. That is the sobering news.
“It’s … shocking. After all the awareness that’s been raised in the #MeToo era, this is not something we should be hearing about at this stage.”