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Israeli Reform rabbi keeps a daughter in the family businessFledgling Rabbi Leora Ezrachi-Vered has big shoes to fill as a female spiritual leader of an Israeli congregation -- her mother, Rabbi Naamah Kelman's Article from the Times of Israel by RENEE GHERT-ZAND 15 November 2017, 2:06 pm Leora Ezrachi-Vered (Avi Nave) When Leora Ezrachi-Vered attended a Reform Jewish preschool in Jerusalem some 30 years ago, she played blocks with the other children. They built a [...]
Today IRAC and the IMPJ organized a joint service at the Kotel for the Board of Governors and the students of the Hebrew Union College. We expected to be able to enter the Western Wall Complex with our Torah Scrolls. Instead we were greeted with contempt and violence. Upon approaching the gate Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Reform Movement in America, and our very own Anat Hoffman were shouted at by a [...]
Netanyahu Tells U.S. Jews He Remains Committed to Egalitarian Prayer Space at Western Wall Speaking via video link to the Jewish Federations' General Assembly, prime minister says all Jews should be able to pray at the Kotel; says Israel offered humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Iran Uri Blau and Jonathan Lis (Los Angeles) Nov 15, 2017 12:46 AM LOS ANGELES - In his address to attendees of the Jewish Federations' General Assembly on [...]
Meet Valentine and Elizabetha. They were both born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. They first met in the Jewish Agency Sunday School and then they both moved to Israel. They reconnected on Facebook. Five years ago, they started to chat nearly every day, and then they decided to meet. They have been inseparable since. Valentine is currently working as an electrical-engineer at Intel and Elizabetha is in an academic preparatory course at the Technion in Haifa. [...]
COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT President: Steve Denenberg Immediate Past President: Barbara Ford Vice President: Caryn Granek (Victoria) Vice President: Sandy Hollis (NSW) Honorary Secretary: Eric McDonald (ACT) Honorary Treasurer: Philip Levy (NSW) Committee members: Lesley Rosenthal (South Australia) Hila Jacobi (Queensland) Dudu Gotleib (NSW Community Shaliach) Uri Levin (Victoria Community Shaliach) Joel McCarroll (Mazkir, Netzer Australia) Rabbi Adi Cohen (Moetzah representative) Rabbi David Kunin (Moetzah representative) Honorary [...]
When you hear the word "wedding" the first image that comes to mind is usually that of a young couple in love setting off to build a life together. In Israel, the couple and their families join under the huppah, with an Orthodox rabbi (often a stranger) officiating. They perform a ceremony of purchase of the bride. The woman does not get to say a word, give her partner a ring, or take an [...]