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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”.