Yair Lapid says his agenda includes civil marriage, dialog with Abbas, and bringing reform Judaism to Israel. (more…)
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.
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.