Monthly Archives: May 2012

Launch of Religious Action & Advocacy Centre

An internet link with two of the world’s leading social action activists was one of the highlights of the launch of the Union for Progressive Judaism’s Religious Action & Advocacy Centre (JRAAC) at the King David School in Melbourne. Steve Denenberg and David Southwick Rabbi David Saperstein,renowned head of  the Religious Action Centre in Washington D.C.and Anat Hoffman, director of the Israel Religious Action Centre addressed the attendees and welcomed JRAAC as the latest partner in the vital mission of Progressive Jews to speak out and act against injustice and prejudice around the world. “I particularly applaud your decision to [...]

2017-08-11T10:12:33+00:00 May 24th, 2012|Past Events|

Is Israel preparing to accept Reform Judaism

Alona Lisitsa, a Reform rabbi, participated in a religious council in in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, May 2012. (Rabbi Alona Lisitsa Facebook Page) JERUSALEM (JTA) -- After a Jerusalem-area’s religious council allowed a female Reform rabbi to participate in its proceedings, some advocates of liberal Judaism in the country are hailing their inroads into the Orthodox-dominated religious infrastructure. At the beginning of May, the Orthodox members of the religious council in Mevasseret Zion, a town west of Jerusalem, agreed to convene a meeting with the participation of Rabbi Alona Lisitsa. The 41-year-old rabbi is an immigrant from Kiev [...]

2017-08-11T10:13:22+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Past News|

Female Reform rabbi seated on Jerusalem suburb’s religious council

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A female Reform rabbi took her place on the religious council of Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem. Rabbi Alona Lisitsa said she did not feel hostility from the rest of the representatives -- all Orthodox -- of the local religious council, according to reports. The Reform Mevasseret Zion Congregation put forth Lisitsa's name to join the council nearly a year ago. The appointment was delayed in the Ministry of Religious Affairs until the courts became involved and ordered the ministry to approve the appointment. The community's population is mixed secular-religious. "I came with much optimism and hope, [...]

2017-08-11T10:13:43+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Past News|

IRAC Director appears on CNN

On May 5, Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), appeared on CNN’s show Amanpour. to talk about her struggle to fight the ultra-Orthodoxs’ increasing influence on both public and religious life in Israel and to secure equal rights of Israeli women. You can read more about the interview and watch it here. You can also read about Gusti Yehoshua Braverman’s, Co-Chair of the department for Diaspora activities at the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and former Associate Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), work trip to the United States to lay out the 5773 activities of [...]

2017-08-11T10:14:19+00:00 May 16th, 2012|Past News|
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