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  • 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…

  • An alternative route to the Promised Land

    NEW YORK, March 20 (JTA) — How is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs? By being a Reconstructionist Haggadah, the first put out by Judaism’s smallest religious denomination since its founder, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, edited one in 1941 as the debut publication of his nascent movement. The newly published “A Night of Questions: A…

  • American Jewish music rocks on

    It’s a rockin’ time for American Jewish music — wildly creative, energetic and passionate. But Jewish musicians say they get little financial support from the organized Jewish community. Jewish art, they say, should be an explicit part of the “renaissance

  • American Jewish music rocks on

    It’s a rockin’ time for American Jewish music — wildly creative, energetic and passionate. But Jewish musicians say they get little financial support from the organized Jewish community. Jewish art, they say, should be an explicit part of the “renaissance

  • Orthodox women push the limits

    NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (JTA) — It was a revolutionary step when two prominent modern Orthodox synagogues hired women to be congregational interns two years ago — a step that critics viewed as coming too close to allowing Orthodox women to become rabbis. While the three women who have worked so far in the two…

  • Rabbis say get a pre-nup

    NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (JTA) — A group of influential Orthodox rabbis has thrown its weight behind prenuptial agreements in an effort to persuade more young couples to sign such documents before they marry. Eleven roshei yeshiva, or senior professors of Talmud, at the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University, have signed on to a statement…