The president of the Union for Reform Judaism declared a boycott of the Israeli president. Rabbi Eric Yoffie said in comments published Sunday that his movement would shun Moshe Katsav over his refusal to refer to Reform rabbis as “rabbis.” “President Katsav is discounting the legitimacy of 1.5 millions Jews in the United States who belong to the Reform Movement,” Yoffie told Ma’ariv. In an interview with Israel Radio, Katsav said he was bound by state regulations that recognized only the ordination of Orthodox rabbis.
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