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Group of dozens of rabbis and other Reform Jews holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall while wearing prayer shawls

My Facebook feed has been inundated in recent weeks with articles, videos, and angry rants addressing the obstacles to religious freedom in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
Woman's hand holding yad and pointing to Torah text

“Aren’t you afraid of God?” a secular Israeli asked recently. “That God will strike you for your sins?” A fascinating query, since this man wasn’t religiously observant at all.

Rabbi Elyse Frishman
Women at the Kotel holding a prayer shawl over other women who are reading from the Torah

A week has passed, and I am still mentally and emotionally processing my experience chanting Torah for the first time on Rosh Chodesh

Sharon Mann
Seated Orthodox Jewish man reading the Torah at the Western Wall

You might not know it, but if you stay at a hotel while visiting Israel, about 10% of your bill goes to certify that the food and facilities are kosher in the eyes of the state-sponsored, ultra-Ort

Anat Hoffman
Signs requiring women to dress modestly written in both English and Hebrew in Beit Shemesh

You open the refrigerator only to discover that there is no milk. You can’t bear the thought of drinking your coffee black, and quickly start planning an emergency drive to the local market.

Anat Hoffman

It's been a big year in Israel, from ongoing conflict at the Western Wall to recent the fires that ravaged the country.

Kate Bigam
Aeriel view of Jerusalem skyline

One of the defining questions of Jewish peoplehood in our time is: “Who is a Jew?” Recently, members of the Israeli government have been introducing legislation that would rollback many of the basi

Rabbi Noa Sattath
Hateful graffiti written on the wall of an Israeli synagogue

Last week, one of our Reform synagogues in Israel was vandalized.

Anat Hoffman

We started at 6:30am outside the Western Wall. Some of us had been on the road since 3am and others had come from New York and further.

Anat Hoffman

In 2013, the Israel Religous Action Center filed a lawsuit to demand that women and non-Orthodox Jews be allowed to serve on the government's Jewish Heritage Found

Anat Hoffman

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