Tag Archives: Union for Reform Judaism

Reform Movement “condemnation of Trump and the implication that all people of faith are bound to oppose him creates a toxic mix of partisanship and religion”

JNS Reform launches a political war in time for the High Holidays by Jonathan Tobin September 12, 2019 It turns out that the Jewish community didn’t need to wait until the synagogues were packed for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur … Continue reading

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“Leaders of the North American Reform movement decried President Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city”

TIMES OF ISRAEL Jewish Agency chief: Reform criticism of Trump’s Jerusalem move was ‘terrible’ by Staff and JTA December 12, 2017 Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky on Tuesday lambasted the Reform movement’s critical response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition … Continue reading

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“Only about 3% of Israeli Jews identify with the Reform movement, and most of those are English-speaking immigrants. The ‘non-observant Orthodox’ aren’t rushing to join them, either”

ABU YEHUDA What’s the problem with Reform Judaism? by Vic Rosenthal July 8, 2016 …Just as very few Israelis are attracted to Reform Judaism, very few agree with the political point of view that the URJ [Union for Reform Judaism] … Continue reading

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Have criticisms of Israel by Reform leaders and rabbis contributed to a distancing from – and even, in some instances, a hostility toward – Israel among some Reform Jews?

JERUSALEM POST A promise that should be kept by Jonathan Greenberg April 25, 2016 …When Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the current head of the Union for Reform Judaism, was appointed to his post in 2011, much was made of his leftwing … Continue reading

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“The Reform movement is in precipitous decline. Besides having merely 1.7 children per family, 60% of recent marriages have been with non-Jews. Only one of every five intermarried parents raises children as Jewish”

ARUTZ SHEVA A declining Reform Movement wants to Reform Israel by Rabbi Yaakov Menken March 22, 2016 …A mere 3 percent of Israeli Jews identify with the [Reform] movement, and even fewer attend one of the only 42 Reform congregations in the … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond the Crisis: Efforts to rebrand the Conservative Movement

JEWISH JOURNAL Amid identity crisis, Conservative Jews pay for rebranding by Uriel Heilman November 20, 2015 Conservative Judaism is at a crossroads. The movement is committed to Jewish tradition, but it’s seeing a growing number of its young people walk out … Continue reading

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Reform Jews welcome transgendered

THE ATLANTIC Reform Jews: Transgender People Are Welcome Here by Emma Green November 5, 2015 Reform Jews are not the first religious group to take a welcoming stance towards transgender people, but so far, their approach may be the most … Continue reading

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Reform Movement Won’t Back Nuclear Iran Deal

JEWISH PRESS by Lori Lowenthal Marcus August 20, 2015 The Reform movement concluded that the Nuclear Iran Deal ‘ does present a way forward, there are real dangers to rejecting it, and it does not foreclose Iran’s ability to become … Continue reading

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To win broad U.S. Jewish support, Obama must truly tackle Iran

HAARETZ by Rabbi Eric Yoffie April 8, 2015 Eric Yoffie was past president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Not to state the obvious, but the writer presumes the President actually cares (at this point) to win broad Jewish support. Yoffie also … Continue reading

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