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  • Contemplate This!

    At the Jewish Funds for Justice, a nonprofit devoted to social change and leadership training, Friday staff meetings were recently given the ax. Instead, staffers on Fridays now work, alone or one-on-one, on goal setting and what the head of the organization calls “visioning.” Another change made by Simon Greer, the organization’s president and CEO,…

  • Philanthropist hopes gift will inspire

    Ronald Stanton is hoping his gift to Yeshiva University will spur other Jewish philanthropists to give major donations to Jewish causes.

  • Conservatives to vote on gay issues

    Conservative legal scholars will soon vote progressively on the issues of gay rabbis and unions. But an opinion that would continue the prohibition against gay ordination and same-sex unions will also come up for a vote.

  • Grappling with interfaith inclusion

    A survey of Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis delves into the wide range of ways in which rabbis in these movements deal with non-Jewish family members in their pews.

  • Change slow for Orthodox women

    A New York conference on feminism and Orthodox Judaism marked small changes taking place in the religious denomination, with talk of women becoming rabbis and taking part in other areas of synagogue rituals.

  • New HUC leader returns to NYC

    Rabbi David Ellenson, who was recently inaugurated president of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, doesn’t do things in the way you might expect, and he’s already making changes in the way things wor

  • The New Gen-X Judaism

    Sparked by a desire to create a different kind of spiritual experience, Generation Xers’ are starting congregations where worship is totally lay-led, demonstrating the fulfillment of 1970s “do-it-yourself Judaism” orientation blended with a modern style.

  • Reform rabbis irked over Israel decision

    MONTEREY, Calif., July 3 (JTA) — The Reform movement’s controversial decision to cancel youth trips to Israel this summer was strongly criticized last week by American rabbis at their annual conference — and the action may have long-term consequences for the movement in Israel as it struggles to gain a foothold in the Jewish state….

  • Reform rabbis irked over Israel decision

    MONTEREY, Calif., July 3 (JTA) — The Reform movement’s controversial decision to cancel youth trips to Israel this summer was strongly criticized last week by American rabbis at their annual conference — and the action may have long-term consequences for the movement in Israel as it struggles to gain a foothold in the Jewish state….

  • New custom: Welcoming ceremonies for girls

    NEW YORK, March 21 (JTA) – Woven into many Jews’ seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions. A Miriam’s Cup next to Elijah’s represents the role of the prophetess Miriam in the Exodus and highlights women’s contribution to Jewish culture. A seemingly out-of-place orange on…