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New York, NY; June 23, 2016 -- Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement reacting to reports of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' invocation of the classic anti-Semitic canard of water poisoning:It is deplorable that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly engaged in spreading libelous accusations against Israeli rabbis in his remarks to the European parliament today. This persistent lie dates back thousands of... Read More
The Israeli Reform movement is a shadow of its American counterpart. Look no further than a recent Pew Research Center poll: Whereas 30 percent of American Jews identify as Reform, merely 3 percent of Israeli Jews say the same.
Yet Reform Judaism is far from irrelevant in Israel.
Sitting in his wood-paneled office at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John Rosove rattled off a list of issues for which he thinks the American Reform movement can provide much-needed support in Israel, from African immigration to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Earlier this month...Read More
Leading your own synagogue Shabbat hike is incredibly easy. In just 10 steps – simple but effective – you can embark on a moving spiritual experience. And, as we discovered on Congregation Or Ami’s own Shabbat hikes, the journey is inspiring and refreshing.
Says participant Marcy Cameron, “They say exercise is good for the soul. I think Shabbat in the wilderness is good for the soul, too, and if you can add in a hike, well, even better! To worship in an environment where you can hear the birds,...Read More
If conventional wisdom reigned supreme, it would be easy to imagine that many of our venerable congregations – those steeped in history and tradition – are, by definition, ill-equipped to adapt to the complex and sometimes confusing trends in contemporary Jewish life. Supposedly enlightened students of contemporary Jewish life regularly suggest that when it comes to congregations and denominations, “large” means “lethargic” and “old” means “obsolete.” To their way of thinking, “new” means “noteworthy,” and “small” means “sustainable.” The Jewish future, they claim, belongs to small,...Read More
What is the proper religious response to acts of barbarism like the massacre we saw perpetrated against members of the LGBT community in Orlando?
Although I am not sure what it is, I know there must be one.
As I have been reading reactions to the massacre insistently, I keep tripping over the phrase “may their memories be a blessing.”
What does “may” mean? How does “may” happen? To me, it suggests some type of abstract notion or process, but what can we do - what can you do - to ensure this outcome?
Just as it is not enough to pray to be fast, to be healthy...Read More
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