Past News

A Prayer of Hope for All

Shimon Peres’ life was so powerfully anchored in Jewish values and this land and state he loved with every fiber of his being. But his life was also intertwined with people all over the world, as exemplified by the scores of world leaders gathered on Friday to pay their respects. How fitting that, as we laid the former Israeli president to his eternal rest on Friday in Jerusalem, his two sons, Chemi and Yoni, and his daughter, Prof. Tsvia Walden, recited the traditional words of Kaddish together with a very important addition. The last line of the Kaddish is the [...]

2017-07-27T11:05:20+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Past News|

High Court Scolds Government for not Upholding Western Wall Deal

A Monday hearing on a 2013 petition against the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Prime Minister’s Office served as a forum for the High Court of Justice to scold the government for not upholding its deals, according to attorney Yizhar Hess, head of Israel’s Masorti (Conservative) Movement. […]

2017-08-09T18:57:53+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Past News|

Rabbi John Levi Retires from School Council

After almost four decades of service, Rabbi John Levi has retired from the Council of The King David School (KDS) in Melbourne. In the 1970s a group of visionaries dreamed of opening a progressive Jewish school in Melbourne. That dream became a reality in 1978 when 45 students attended the first year of KDS. […]

2017-08-09T19:10:34+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Past News|

An Important Message from Gilad Kariv – President and CEO IMPJ

Dear Steve, I hope you have been enjoying the summer and finding time for some vacation and relaxation. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you recent developments in our movement.    First and foremost, last night, the Israeli government passed an unheard of before bill: subverting a Supreme Court decision, the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) parties pushed a bill to effectively ban non-Orthodox, i.e. Reform and Conservative converts from bathing in municipal Mikvaot (ritual baths). We cannot stress enough the magnitude of harm that this bill causes. The bill allows municipal councils to sign agreements with the State regarding convert [...]

2017-08-09T19:10:44+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Past News|

Understanding the Kotel – What’s at stake for Progressive Jews

Understanding the Kotel: What’s at Stake for Progressive Jews    With so many news outlets reporting updates about the Kotel – from AP to Times of Israel to The Washington Post – it’s easy to get distracted from what the struggle is really about. The Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), just posted the introductory video below to help explain what’s at stake and what we’re fighting for.     Click here to watch it in full.    Watch this video to learn more about the issues Progressive Jews are fighting for at the Kotel  

2017-08-09T19:10:54+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Past News|
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