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Pluralism in Israel

Young woman looking back over her shoulder and smiling

At the Kotel, I was confused as to why I was being completely rejected from the most central place of meaning in my religion. I didn’t know how to react.

Angelica Vohland
Side by side  black and white portraits of a health care provider in her white jacket and then again in workout clothes posing with a bicycle

A photographer shares captivating portraits of hospital staff - Jews, Arabs, Christians and Muslims - who reflect the same diversity as the 600,000 residents they serve.

Sharon Mann
Israel b'nai mitzvah students and their leaders outside the Knesset during Hanukkah 2017

Recently, I took my b’nai mitzvah students to the Knesset to see how liberal Jewish values are rooted in tradition and can inform Israel’s public policy decisions.

Rabbi Stacey Blank
Celebrating Shabbat in a Progressive Israeli synagogue

Today’s religious reality in Israel is painful. Israelis are deeply divided between religious and secular, and neither group wants anything to do with the other. 

Cantor Galit Dadoun Cohen
Two men and two women praying at an egalitarian section of the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem

Despite a nasty response as the Reform community celebrated the ordination of the 100th Israeli Reform rabbi at the Kotel, we persisted, dancing with our Torah scrolls. 

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Kotel (Western Wall) at night seen from a distance

Although Jews have had access to the Western Wall since 1967, only some Jews feel ownership over this important site. 

Chelsea Feuchs
Reform Movement teen leaders with Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, the author of the blog post, at the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit

Reform teens meaningfully engaged with Judaism seek arenas in which caring American Jews can delve into matters internal to Israel’s societal well-being.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Two gold wedding band lying atop the spine of an open book with a heart shaped shadowed on the pages beneath them

After the ceremony,  Israeli after Israeli came to me to say, "So this is what Progressive Judaism looks like? How do I learn more?"

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Arm reaching up to put note in the Kotel (Western Wall)

On Yom Kippur, Isaiah’s powerful prophetic metaphors call us to reflect upon the moral and spiritual shortcomings that stand in the way of the Jewish people’s progress.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Women of the Wall members blowing shofar at the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh Elul

Last night, in both Phoenix and Jerusalem, those who benefit most from the status quo rallied to defend it, vilifying those seeking change and social progress.

Mark J. Pelavin

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