History of the Reform Movement
An interview with Rabbi Daniel Freelander on the history of Reform innovations in worship.
Without a doubt, Jacob Rader Marcus (1896-1995) has a rightful place in the pantheon of American Reform Judaism's most brilliant luminaries. After receiving his rabbinical ordination in 1920 from what is now Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, Marcus went on to...
Reform Zionism is a continuation of the early Zionist dream to foster a living, breathing national culture that represents the highest ideals of Jewish peoplehood. Foremost among these ideals is for Jews to be free and liberated citizens of the world who also contribute as Jews to our global civilization.
To be a Reform Jew is to hear the voice of the prophets in our head; to be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam; to strive to improve the world in which we live; to be God’s partners in standing up for the voiceless and fixing what is broken in our society.
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September 13, 2023
"What are you?" was a question I was often asked in New York City. At first, I did not understand. Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas during the Jim Crow era, there was no doubt in my mind. During Jim Crow, Americans were defined by their skin color. I was not Black, but neither was I white. Therefore, I reasoned, I must be Mexican.
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