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  • News Brief

    A Reform Jewish leader criticized a New York Court of Appeals ruling rejecting the right of gays and lesbians to civil marriage. Rabbi David Saperstein, director of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center, on Thursday called on the New York legislature to pass a law ensuring the right to civil marriage. “Americans of all sexual orientations… More ▸

  • A Gift Horse or a Trojan Horse? Pro-israel Preacher Goes A-lobbying

    A Texas preacher is coming to Capitol Hill later this month with a present for the Jews: some 2,000 heartland Americans lobbying for Israel. The question dogging the Jewish community now is what kind of gift horse Pastor John Hagee will be riding: The kind with the mouth better left unchecked, or the Trojan kind,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Conservative Jewish leaders called on Israel’s High Court to move to allow civil marriages. The calls came this week after court president Aharon Barak on Sunday told a group of American Conservative Jews visiting Israel that “the lack of civil marriage in Israel is a major violation of human rights.” More ▸

  • Liberal Men Take the Plunge into Ritual Immersion, Slowly

    Two years ago, advertising executive Jeff Berman was going through big changes: He had lost his job, founded his own company and was turning 40. His wife, Lisa, a volunteer at Mayyim Hayyim, a two-year-old community mikvah in this Boston suburb, suggested he try a ritual immersion. “Throughout our marriage, we’d always picked up Jewish… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Conservative Movement Struggles to Stake out Its Claim in Ukraine

    Yura Yurovnik, a Jewish high school student in Donetsk, Ukraine, attends a local Hebrew school run by the Conservative movement — though he admits he doesn’t know what distinguishes the Conservatives from Judaism’s other streams. Yurovnik isn’t alone in not understanding the notion of Conservative Judaism in the former Soviet Union. Unlike Chabad and Reform,… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Zionist Congress Works for Future by Reflecting on Its Storied Past

    Theodor Herzl launched his vision of a Jewish state at the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland. More than a century later, Israel exists — and so does the congress Herzl launched. Under the banner “The Dream Still Matters,” more than 2,000 representatives from across the globe will gather in Jerusalem from June… More ▸