Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web
Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know!
- “The War Against Intermarriage Has Been Lost: Now What?” JTA
With the rate of intermarriage within the Jewish community at more than 40 percent, leaders — within synagogues and beyond — are looking for new ways to adapt and “evaluate…the best response.” Says URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, “There are plenty of people who want to sojourn in the synagogue and not convert and still know they’re part of the Jewish family.”
- “Savannah Temple Dates Back to 1733,” St. Louis Jewish Light
Congregation Mickve Israel was founded in 1733 by a group of 42 Jews who arrived in Savannah from London. Its long and rich history, together with that of Savannah’s Jews, is an integral part of the city that has been its home for more than 275 years.
- “The Feminists of Zion: An unlikely alliance between Orthodox and Progressive Women Will Save Israel from Fundamentalism,” New Republic
Many religious women in Israel identify as feminist. These Orthodox women and their children are sometimes harassed by their religious communities. Read the personal stories of these women and explore the delicate relationship between the ultra religious community and the rest of Israel.
- “Motherhood in the ‘Lean-In’ Era,” Lilith
Sheryl Sandberg’s book frames today’s conversation about the factors that hold women back at work. Jewish mothers not only face these issues, but also struggle to instill Jewish values in their children. Jonah Pesner, senior vice president at the URJ, “is floating the idea of Jewish daycare as a birthright, along the lines of Birthright Israel, the popular program that sends young adults on free 10-day trips to Israel. ‘People are telling us, in city after city: We need help with childcare,’” Pesner said.
- “As Peace Talks Kick Off, Right Wing Intensifies Efforts to Influence Outcome,” JTA
Read the details of how Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan and other right-wing Israelis have long forged relationships with congressional Republicans in an effort to put their own spin on the newly re-launched Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.