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World Conference of Reform Rabbis Appeals to Israel for Rights

The World Union for Progressive Judaism, now holding a six-day international conference here, this weekend adopted a resolution urging the Israel Government to grant Reform rabbis in Israel the right to perform marriages and similar functions.

The conference also urged that Reform congregations in Israel be given “equal treatment by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and no longer be discriminated against in applications for aid, such as funds for synagogue buildings.” The conference decision and challenge to the existing religious system in Israel came from 500 delegates representing 800 Reform congregations in 20 countries.