Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ruth Calderon’s maiden speech to the Knesset

Founder of Tel Aviv’s secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel’s parliament in study and prayer. Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. She was recently elected to the Knesset as a member of the Yesh Atid Party. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party. […]

2017-08-10T17:38:41+00:00 March 20th, 2013|Past News|

URJ applauds move in Israel debate

The Union for Reform Judaism is “encouraged” by the composition of Israel’s incoming governing coalition, URJ President Rabbi Richard Jacobs told The Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview on Monday. The URJ describes itself as the largest Jewish movement in North America, representing around one and half million constituents belonging to more than 900 affiliated congregations. Jacobs said that as the “largest movement in Jewish life” in the United States, the URJ is “very encouraged by the prominence of freedom of religion in the [Israeli political] debate. […]

2017-08-10T17:39:03+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Past News|

Female MKs pray with Women of the Wall

MKs Stav Shafir (Labor), Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) participated on March 12 in the Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel (Pictured, from left: Anat Hoffman, MK Stav Shaffir, MK Tamar Zandberg, and Leslie Sachs). All three, like the rest of the 300 women present, donned prayer shawls, in violation of a 2003 Supreme Court’s ruling – and some 30 per cent of the women were Israeli Modern Orthodox. This time, however, due to the presence of three legislators, police refrained from arresting anyone. The group noted that this was the first time in [...]

2017-08-10T17:39:28+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Past News|

Reform Wedding at the Knesset

  Dear Friend, My son Ariel and his girlfriend Michal announced their engagement last week. They do not want to be married by the Rabbinate, so like too many Israelis they will purchase two tickets to Cyprus and get a civil marriage at the Nicosia municipal hall. Upon their return we will hold a wedding here in Israel officiated by a Reform Rabbi, which, unlike their marriage in Cyprus, will not be recognized by the Israeli  State. […]

2017-08-10T17:40:15+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Past News|