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In a show of solidarity against the unknown vandals who painted graffiti on the building that houses the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism’s Kehillat Ra’anan, hundreds of secular, Reform, Conservative and even Orthodox youth from the city held a protest rally entitled “Hatred of ideas? Not in our society! We will not be silent!” The rally was organised by the youth themselves and the protesters called for a zero tolerance for such violence with signs saying things like “A person is a person is a person”.
After MK David Rotem’s disparaging remarks about Reform Jews brought about a media backlash, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Union for Reform Judaism were pleased to receive and accept his formal apology. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs welcomed the apology and said that he hopes that we can now all “work together to ensure that Israel and its laws represent the full spectrum of Jewry”.
One of the central principles of the Passover Haggadah is “what begins with disgrace ends with praise.” Anyone knowledgeable in the history of the Knesset discussions of conversion will have observed that this concept is generally reversed, and that what began with good intentions ends in chaos and injury to the delicate relationship among the various Jewish denominations and between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel. We may shortly see a similar situation regarding MK Elazar Stern’s (pictured) conversion bill, which passed the first reading in the Knesset last week. […]
On February 26, 2014 the Supreme Court ruled to give the State 90 days to find a suitable solution for non-Orthodox converts requiring ritual immersion in public Mikvahs (ritual baths) to complete their conversion process. The petition was filed by the Reform and Conservative movements after non-orthodox rabbis and their converts were barred entry to public Mikvahs in Beersheba. […]