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Pluralism in Israel

Four Israeli flags

For the first time in Israel's history, a woman can apply for the position of Knesset Rabbi.

Rabbi Noa Sattath
Group photo of Heller High students

On a recent Shabbat morning in Israel, a group of high school students experienced something extraordinary – and far more common in Israel than most people know.

Rabbi Loren Sykes
Reform Jewish leaders holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall

Almost one year ago, the Knesset started the crisis by passing a bill in its first reading that would only recognize conversions performed in Israel under the auspices of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Anat Hoffman, & Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious Action
Kotel (Western Wall) crowded with throngs of visitors

Remarkable unity characterized the Jewish people in the days before receiving Torah at Sinai. Today, such unity isn’t always visible in the Jewish world.

Rabbi David Jaffe
Israeli flag in front of Jerusalem stone at the Kotel

There is the Jerusalem on high and the Jerusalem of below. The Jerusalem of Old and of New. The Jerusalem of West and of East. The Jerusalem of Gold and of Iron.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
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

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