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  • At Reform Conference, Movement Calls for a Push Toward Conversion

    The movement that was the first to welcome intermarried families into its synagogues nearly three decades ago now will focus on actively inviting non-Jews to convert to Judaism. That was one of the initiatives announced by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, during his Shabbat sermon at the movement’s 68th biennial… More ▸

  • U.S. Human Rights Report Watches Israel’s Treatment of Liberal Jews

    Israel’s rating improved slightly in this year’s U.S. State Department report on religious freedom, but a closer reading suggests the Jewish state should watch the way it treats minorities — and not just Israeli Arabs. The “Israel and Occupied Territories” chapter in the 2005 International Religious Freedom Report expands its criticisms of Israel’s treatment of… More ▸

  • Israel Backs Diplomacy on Iran, While Considering Other Options

    When the International Atomic Energy Agency convenes in Vienna later this month, it will be under intense pressure to take action against Iran’s nuclear program. Since the last IAEA meeting in September, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” his scientists are threatening to produce weapons-grade uranium and… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World English, French and Hebrew Spoken at Inclusive Paris Shul

    Where in the world can you find a synagogue whose members are not necessarily Jewish; that holds services in English, French, and Hebrew; where Americans bless the State of France and where ruach, or spirit, knows no linguistic boundaries? At Kehilat Gesher, which since 1993 has been an oasis for English-speaking Jews in Paris. An… More ▸

  • As Camp Season Opens, Some Kids Will Have Summers Full of Diversity

    Jody Bartone’s kids had outgrown day camp a few years back, and she was looking to find a sleep-away camp where they could spend the summer. That’s when she happened upon an ad for Camp Welmet — while leafing through a gay lifestyle magazine. "I was attracted by their ad," she recalls. "First of all… More ▸

  • Hillel Developing New Guidelines for Students of Intermarried Families

    In an effort to strengthen outreach to students from intermarried homes, Hillel, the nation’s largest Jewish student organization, is compiling a set of national outreach guidelines for its campus directors. The guidelines should be in place this fall. It’s not a completely new direction for an organization that already prides itself on being "accessible, welcoming… More ▸