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Pluralism in Israel

Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Rabbi Rick Jacobs at the URJ Biennial in 2017

A newly published article in New York Magazine powerfully captures the work of the Reform Jewish Movement in North America and its leader, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Mark J. Pelavin
Frieda Hershman Huberman, the author, holding a prayer book at the Kotel

Despite the imperative to be joyous during the Hebrew month of Adar, I cried recently at the Western Wall during Rosh Chodesh services marking the new month.

Frieda Hershman Huberman
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

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