Three Israeli wedding couples under the chuppahs at Washington Hebrew Congregation on March 26, 2019

This past week, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about love for Israel -- my own and that of our Reform Jewish community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rustic wood chuppah adorned with roses and greenery in a field with mountains in the background

Since Reform clergy are expert bridge-builders, it’s a natural to connect them to engaged couples for wedding officiation and Jewish engagement.

Rabbi Julie Zupan
White lace chuppah with Star of David below

In North America, we take for granted freedom of choice in marriage. Not so in Israel, where it is wholly controlled by the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

URJ Staff
Closeup of a bride holding a glass of champagne with groom in the background behind her

If you want to dig deeper on this topic, as I do, join congregational leaders across North America for a live interview with Anita Diamant on The Jewish Wedding Now and the changing landscape of Judaism.

Moriah Benjoseph