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Jonathan Edelman


Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have concluded their 20-month long negotiations process with an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program, but the agreement still faces major hurdles and a divided country as it moves towards implementation. Chief among these is the 60-day review period mandated by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (often known as the Corker-Cardin bill), which the Reform Jewish Movement supported.

Monday morning, the U.S. State Department sent Congress the text of the Iran deal, starting the clock for the 60-day review period, during which the...

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The Reform Movement’s slate for the 2015 World Zionist Congress elections won by a wide margin, according to results released Thursday. The Reform Movement’s ARZA slate won 56 out of the United States’ 145 possible seats (or 39% of the vote), which was more than the second and third place numbers of seats combined.

The ARZA slate, which was run in conjunction with the Reconstructionist Movement, was the only slate run by a Jewish denomination that did not lose seats from the previous elections in 2006; in fact, ARZA gained two seats. ARZA will take its delegation to 37th World...

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Ethiopian Israelis staged another protest Wednesday night in the heart of Tel Aviv, blocking the heavily-trafficked Begin Road. Some protestors had been promising violence, and some minor scuffles did break out after 8 p.m. Israeli time, but the protest was much smaller than those at the beginning of last month that saw thousands of Ethiopian Israelis turn out to protest discrimination and police violence.

In the wake of those protests last month, the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) released a statement that condemned the violence in the protests and called on...

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This week marks the start of a new book of Torah: the Book of Numbers. This week’s portion, B’midbar, or “In the Wilderness,” recounts the census-taking of entire Israelite community commanded of Moses by God. The Israelites are sorted by tribe and all men over the age of 20 are counted, as God commands, “head by head,” with special instructions for the Levites.

We learn that the Israelites total 603,550 men over the age of 20, excluding the Levite tribe. Not only does the census have practical sensibilities, it also has moral significance. God reminds us that, even in the...

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As we wrap up Jewish Disability Awareness Month, we think also of people with disabilities in other countries. Worldwide, 650 million people live with disabilities, more than twice the population of the United States. In Israel, there are more than a million children and adults of working age who live with disabilities, according to a report by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. About one out of every five Jewish Israelis lives with a disability, as does about one of four Arab Israelis.

These Israelis still face significant barriers to fully integrating in Israeli society....

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