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The Inherent Conservatism of Religious Texts

When I first raised my fingers to begin typing, in my mind was the “inherent conservatism of religion.” Then I paused. Too often, those of us from culture dominated by one of the three Abrahamic religions fall into the trap of assuming all religions follow the model of those three. 1,351 more words


Rick Jacobs’ Particular Reform Judaism

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) held its biennial in Orlando, FL in November 2015. The head of the URJ, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, gave opening remarks… 880 more words


Chanukah in the Square - a call to the JLC, LFA and Mayor of London

I call upon the London Jewish Forum, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Mayor of London to insist that they will only attend and continue to publicise and fund the Chanukah in the Square if a woman speaks and participates in the religious activities – specifically a woman lay leader of the community and a woman rabbi – and that they are listed on the publicity. 715 more words


Netanyahu: Israel to invest directly in its Conservative, Reform communities

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated both warm praise and fierce condemnation Tuesday night after he announced that the government would directly fund Reform and Conservative Jewish communities in Israel. 645 more words

Daily News

Not Quite Far Enough

We’ve come a long way.

Or have we?

Contrasting images from this past week keep swirling in my mind’s eye:

Snapshot 1:

This past week the Rabbinical Council of America, the Orthodox rabbinic association, … 628 more words

Reform Judaism Organization Passes Resolution Supporting Transgender Rights

(ORLANDO) — The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it’s a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement. 509 more words

CCAR Statement on the Situation in Israel

This is an official statement from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) on the situation in Israel.

The CCAR is the professional association of Reform rabbis in North America. 345 more words