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Men and women together at an egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall)

I recently attended a Knesset caucus on America-Israel relations during which I addressed the body about two issues of vital concern to North America’s liberal Jewish community: the Kotel (the Western Wall) and Israel’s conversion bill.

The Reform Movement in North America includes more than two million people. With the addition of the Conservative Movement, there are more than three million people on our continent who love the State of Israel. Every day, they stand up for the State of Israel and fight against those who delegitimize her. Wherever there are opponents of the Jewish...

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Protesters outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, Israel

Dear friends and partners, 

Shavuah tov.

When we scheduled this rally a few days ago, at the height of the stormy week that we have just witnessed, we did not know that the prime minister would be overseas over this weekend. But in many ways, the fact that the person in charge is not home this evening, signifies well what happened a week ago at the prime minister’s office. The prime minister abandoned his shift and his responsibility and allowed his most extreme ministers – those who have hardened their hearts to anyone who thinks differently from them – to set the tone....

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Statue of Justice -- blindfolded with a sword in one hand and a scale in the other

This past year, I had a wonderful experience as a participant in the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar and Fellowship through the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). Open to clergy of all Jewish denominations, the Brickner Seminar and Fellowship brings together rabbis and cantors who want to learn about how they can make social justice an integral part of their work.

Social justice is different from social action. Social action meets the world where it is, and...

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Press Release

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

Jerusalem; June 30, 2017 - Leaders of the Reform Movement in Israel and North America, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, have issued the following statement:

Today’s decision by the Israeli cabinet...

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Cantor Steven Weiss stands on a stage to give a dvar Torah before a sea of Jewish musicians wearing kippot and tallitot at a worship service

I start with much of a d’var Torah from Rabbi Wendi Geffen:   

When it comes to high drama, it’s hard to beat the portion we read this past Shabbat morning, Parashat Korach. When Moses’s first cousin, Korach, challenges the leader’s authority, Moses retorts by suggesting a “spirituality duel” of sorts, charging Korach and his band to return the next morning so each party can present offerings to God.

Korach’s offerings are rejected, and God renders a...

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