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Conversion cannot be taken lightly

The dramatic ruling on Monday by Israel’s High Court of Justice, ordering the state to recognize non-Orthodox conversions, evoked natural outrage in the haredi community—for how does the court dare weigh in on a religious tradition?...
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Dramatic conversion ruling inflames Israel’s political debate

Israel’s High Court of Justice sparked controversy on Monday with a landmark ruling on non-Orthodox conversion, evoking outrage on the right and accolades from the left. Right-wing parties panned the decision ordering the state to recognize Reform and...
Union for Reform Judaism president Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaks at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. Credit: Robert A. Cumins for JFNA.

Will the movements survive the pandemic?

It sounds like a good business plan. With American Jewish religious denominations facing agonizing budget decisions in the coming year as a result of the financial losses they are all suffering in the wake...
Young adults participate in a “Downtown Cocktail Shabbat” with Chabad Young Professionals. Source: Chabad Young Professionals.

Millennials search for meaning and authenticity when it comes to Judaism

When Rebekah Paster moved to New York City, she was just out of college and knew almost no one there. “So when a friend insisted I had to go to the nearest Moishe House,” she said,...
Former President Barack Obama addressing the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, Dec. 16, 2011. Credit: Union of Reform Judaism.

Reform launches a political war in time for the High Holidays

It turns out that the Jewish community didn’t need to wait until the synagogues were packed for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in order to gauge the amount of political rhetoric that American rabbis...
Members of the Reform movement and Hebrew Union College confront police and security guards while trying to enter a mixed men and women prayer area at the public square in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Nov. 16, 2017.

Jewish tensions heat up over Western Wall prayer space

A pair of Israeli cabinet members and a Knesset member have in recent weeks inflamed tensions between the Jewish state and leaders of American Jewish organizations by expressing opposition or even disdain towards supporters...

Netanyahu denies saying Reform Judaism will disappear by assimilation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that he said in closed talks that Reform Judaism in the United States would disappear within two generations due to assimilation. Netanyahu’s bureau said the reports, which appeared Friday in...