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  • Questions on Rabbi Jacobs’ NIF affiliation

    To the Editor: The man tapped to lead the Reform movement is a board member of the New Israel Fund? Is that the same NIF that provided funding for the anti-Israel Goldstone Report that accused Israel of war crimes and support for Adalah, which accuses Israel of implementing apartheid? Did Rabbi Jacobs distance himself from… More ▸

  • Much work to do for Reform in Israel

    To the Editor: As to your article "Reform leaders push new image of strong, growing Israel movement," I have been living in Israel since July as a student in Hebrew Union College’s Year in Israel program. This is my first extended visit to Israel and I have been interested in the role progressive Judaism plays… More ▸

  • Debbie Friedman more than ‘folksy’

    To the Editor: Please give Debbie Friedman her due; she was not "folksy." Rather she cut through the institutional stasis that has characterized and been draining the "organized" Jewish community for decades. Why did it take the Reform movement until 2007 to officially recognize this? She didn’t just get congregations to sing, she got Jews… More ▸

  • Agreeing with Rabbi Amar on conversion bill

    To the Editor: Having read the Op-Ed by the chief rabbi and the Conservative/Reform and Jewish Federations of North America responses, I was surprised that I found myself agreeing with Chief Rabbi Amar on several points. I say surprised because I had always seen this type of bill as a potential split in world Jewry…. More ▸

  • Taking the pulse of Reform development directors

    Taking the pulse of Reform development directors: Last year was a difficult one for Reform synagogues, but the development directors at some of the country’s congregations appear to be feeling optimistic and are looking toward recovery, according to several who took part in a conference in New York this week. Reform Synagogue Development Professionals is… More ▸