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Pluralism in Israel

Isaac Herzog standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

Reform Judaism is becoming a major pillar of world Jewry – and as such, we should analyze the major challenges of the Jewish people today.

Isaac Herzog
The authors, Karen and Marc Rivo, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Here are seven ways North American Jews can show support and love for Israel – even if they cannot vote in Israeli elections.

By Karen and Marc Rivo
Shiny, colorful decorations strung in a sukkah

One iconic, modern Hebrew song about Sukkot is far more than a simple holiday song for children.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Wooden ballot box with lock into which a voter is depositing a "ballot" that says Vote

liberal Jews in Israel need liberal Jews in North America. We need each other. We vote here. You vote there.

Alden Solovy
Heavy link chain in shadow across the sky; last link is broken and three birds fly free, away from the chain

An equal partnership between Diaspora and Israeli Jews is vital for a Jewish, democratic state. Creating such an entity, though, is profoundly difficult.

Rabbi Stanley M. Davids
Israel's parliament building, the Knesset

Israelis recently elected an assortment of representatives to parliament, but a coalition could not be formed, so the country will hold new elections in September.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Weeks after I prayed at the Western Wall at the start of the new Hebrew month of Adar II, I still struggle to find meaning in the concept of Jewish peoplehood.

Miriam Hoffman
Black and white image of Cantor Katie Oringel teaching students outdoors in Israel with only her rainbow kippah appearing in color

When we arrived in Israel, I removed it my kippah. I’d become comfortable wearing it in Toronto, but in Israel, I feared being questioned about my Jewish choice.

Cantor Katie Oringel
Israel's parliament building, the Knesset

Last week, Israelis re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu to an unprecedented fifth term as prime minister. What does his re-election mean for Reform Jews?

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh celebration, March 8, 2019

Tonight as I gather 10 women to recite Birkat HaGomeil (after overcoming danger), I will hold close hundreds of others – with me recently to celebrate the new month.

Hila Shiloni Rosner


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