Posts Tagged: Pluralism

Reform Jewish Movement Applauds Implementation of State-Paid Salaries for Reform Rabbis in Israel



In response to the Israeli government’s fulfillment of its court-ordered obligation to pay the salaries of four non-Orthodox communal rabbis, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Tuesday’s announcement that four non-Orthodox communal rabbis have received state-paid salaries represents a major step forward for religious pluralism […]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Jewish Dialogue 2013: What are the Boundaries and Limitations?



The second session of the Knesset Caucus for Israel-US relations, held by M.K Dr. Nachman Shai in cooperation with the Ruderman Family Foundation, was held on November 12, 2013 at the Knesset in Jerusalem. The session focused on “Jewish Dialogue 2013: What are the boundaries and limitations?” Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Rabbi David Stav were […]

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Reform Movement Responds to Kotel Plan



In response to Minister of Religious Affairs Naftali Bennett’s announcement yesterday regarding upgrades at the Kotel, the Reform Movement released the following statement: The Kotel is a powerful symbol of the Jewish yearning for Israel and for the unity of the Jewish people. As such, it needs to be open and free to all Jews; […]

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Big News Out of Israel!



Israel’s Religious Services Ministry announced today that state-employed neighborhood rabbis may be phased out and funds would be given to communities for rabbis of their own choice, including non-Orthodox rabbis. The ministry plan also calls for the designation of the term “rabbi” to be used by the government to refer to non-Orthodox and female religious […]

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Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson on Women of the Wall



Still not clear on the details of the ongoing dispute regarding women’s prayer at the Western Wall in Israel? Been following along so closely that you want to know even more about it? Last week, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, was interviewed by Timothy Michael Law, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The […]

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Jerusalem District Court Rules on Women of the Wall



Leaders of the Reform Movement issued a statement today about a recent ruling from the Jerusalem District Court that determined that recent detention of Women of the Wall members for their activities at the Western Wall was unjustified and for denying local police requests for restraining orders against the group. Haaretz has more on the […]

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Standing in Solidarity with Women of the Wall



by Rob Goldsmith The Reform congregation in Dothan, AL, is deeply concerned about the continued verbal and physical harassment experienced by Israel’s Women of the Wall, most recently Anat Hoffman’s arrest on October 16th. Anat was arrested while conducting a Rosh Chodesh prayer service at The Wall, with 250+ women, in honor of Hadassah’s centennial […]

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A Rabbinical Student at the GA: Transcending Affiliations



by Liz Piper-Goldberg This week, I had the honor of attending the General Assembly meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. My fellowship cohort is composed of 20 Jewish leaders from different denominations and career paths. We are rabbinical students attending Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and non-denominational schools; we are […]

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Leaders Must Speak Out on Wailing Wall Arrest



by Menachem Z. Rosensaft Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that “The State of Israel…will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex” and “will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture.” Last week, officials of the Jerusalem police violated Anat Hoffman’s most basic […]

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My Arrest Last Week



Last Tuesday I was arrested when I took a group of over two hundred women to the Western Wall to pray together in the women’s section. I was arrested for disturbing the peace and endangering the public good by wearing my tallit and saying the Shema out loud. It was a traumatic experience. I was […]

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Why I Was Arrested for Praying at the Western Wall



Add your name to a petition urging the Israeli government to ensure that oversight of the Kotel includes a range of Jewish views and voices and protects gender equality. The Western Wall in Jerusalem, in the words and Yiddish accent of Issac Bashevis Singer, is “like any other Veilin Vall (wailing wall).” It is the only […]

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Arrest in Jerusalem Underscores Gender & Pluralism Issues



Two nights ago, police intervened as women, including Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and chairwoman of Women of the Wall, prayed at the Western Wall in celebration of the beginning of the Jewish month of Cheshvan and the 100th anniversary of Hadassah. Hoffman was arrested and charged with the “offense” […]

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Historic Decision in Israel: Rabbi Miri Gold Recognized by State



Editor’s Note: The following post was issued as a press release this afternoon following the news today that Rabbi Miri Gold would become the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel. Israeli Reform Rabbi Miri Gold will be the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel, under […]

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There’s More Than One Way to Be a Rabbi in Israel



We won! The attorney general has just released his consent to recognize Rabbi Miri Gold as the first Rabbi of a non-Orthodox congregation in the history of the Israel. Drink L’Chayim. Congratulate every rabbi in our movement. Sound the shofar. Say She’hecheyanu. We won recognition for the first Reform rabbi in Israel. Over seven years […]

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