Last Shabbat was a rare moment of Israeli bliss for the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis. In Israel for their annual convention, they spent the weekend in Tel Aviv, being feted in synagogues, meeting local dignitaries and attending a special morning service at the city’s museum. Pumped by the feeling of suddenly being part of the Israeli consensus, some of them even ran the Tel Aviv marathon.
Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay (Shas) who last year told Army Radio that Reform Jews are not really Jewish, on Thursday told an assembly of ultra and modern Orthodox Rabbis in northern Israel that he has no intention of approving the new rule sanctioning a separate portion of the Western Wall for Reform style mixed prayers, as long as the Council of Torah Sages does not order him to.
The CEO of the Reform Movement in Israel, Gilad Kariv, is demanding that the state revoke the operating license of cable’s Channel 20, “because it denies sufficient access to the Reform movement in Israel,” which, he claims, is a significant Jewish denomination among Israelis.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet on Tuesday in his office with several religious members of his coalition for a discussion of the official recognition of the Reform movement’s right to its own prayer area of the Western Wall.
For the first time in the Knesset’s history, hundreds of North American Reform rabbis were guests at Wednesday’s official meeting of the Knesset Committee on Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs.