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‘Losing Zuckerberg’ and Reform Judaism’s Opportunity

12 Tammuz 5772 – July 2, 2012
Had Mark Zuckerberg been told that the Jewish people have a mission to rebuild a Jewish state, and that his creative talents are needed, he may have harnessed his mind in that direction. Had he been offered an opportunity to take part in the most exciting project of the Jewish people in two-thousand years, he probably would have taken it.

Reform, Orthodox Kids to Celebrate Fourth of July Together

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 29, 2012
The Americafest celebration next week, which will bring campers from the Orthodox Camp Darom in Grenada, Miss., to the Union for Reform Judaism's Henry...

Reform Congregations in Hungary Lose State Recognition

7 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
The European Union for Progressive Judaism and Hungary’s two Reform congregations took their case against Hungary’s new law on religion to the European Court...

Female Rabbis Make Less than Male Counterparts, But Some Fare Better

1 Tammuz 5772 – June 21, 2012
Female Reform rabbis are paid less than their male counterparts, but it's a far cry from the normal disparities between U.S. male and female employees.

Knesset Committee Ejects Top Reform Clergyman from Meeting

23 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
The head of the Reform movement in Israel was ejected from a discussion on state funding for non-Orthodox rabbis Tuesday. Gilad Kariv, a Reform rabbi...

Arizona Jewish family, Israeli Wife, in Murder-Suicide

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
Police have identified a Jewish family from Tempe, Ariz., the Butwins, as the subjects of a suspected murder-suicide. Police said that James Butwin, a board...

Beyond Words – Rabbi Meir Kahane at His Very Best

14 Sivan 5772 – June 3, 2012
Why be a Jew!!! It is an agonizing cry from the souls of tens of thousands of young Jews who assimilate, integrate and disappear into the outer space beyond Judaism. It is THE cry, THE question. It is asked by young men and women who have seen the emptiness and the vapidness of the Judaism they grew up with.

Letter to a Reform Jew

11 Sivan 5772 – June 1, 2012
The fact that a Reform Jew wishes to adopt a counterfeit form of “Judaism” is his affair. But the religious Jew is not bound by that. The State of Israel does not have to recognize on an official level the falsehood that every Jew may adopt on a private level.

Israel Recognizes Reform, Conservative Rabbis – Bloggers Start Your Engines!

10 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
First, the key points, as listed by Australian blogger Gary Dunn: Israel to Pay Wages of Reform, Conservative Rabbis Although the court ruled in 2009...

Reform and Conservative Leaders Deemed Rabbis, to Receive Israeli State Funds

The Israeli government announced on Tuesday that, for the first time, it will pay the salaries of a small number of Reform and Conservative rabbis who are considered leaders in their communities, and will also recognize them as rabbis.

Israel to Recognize, Pay, Non-Orthodox Rabbis

The Israeli government will begin paying non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders. The attorney general’s office advised the Supreme Court Tuesday that Reform...

A Small Voice

25 Tammuz 5771 – July 27, 2011
This article was originally published in The Jewish Press on May 20, 1960.

Lost To Orthodoxy: The Fate of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

18 Tammuz 5771 – July 20, 2011
Not many Jews lived in Baltimore during the eighteenth century; by 1796 the entire Jewish population of the city consisted of about 15 families. As late as 1825, Solomon Etting, one of the first Jewish residents of Baltimore, estimated the Jewish population of Baltimore to be about 150.

Rabbi Abraham Joseph Ash: Strengthening Orthodoxy In Nineteenth-Century America

27 Sivan 5771 – June 29, 2011
Readers of this column are aware that it was not until 1840 that the first ordained Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Abraham Rice,1 settled in America. Other rabbonim soon began to settle in America. One of them was Rabbi Abraham Joseph Ash.

Nineteenth-Century Bris Milah Observance

30 Nisan 5771 – May 4, 2011
Last month's column dealt with the observance of kashrus by Jews in America during the 19th century. Up until about 1870 German Jewish immigrants went to considerable effort to make sure they could eat kosher meat and poultry. Almost every Jewish community of more than 15 families employed a professional shochet. Smaller communities were served by volunteer shochtim. However, with the spread of the Reform movement in the latter half of the century, Jews began to abandon kashrus.

Reform Rabbi, Students Visit Chabad of South Broward

27 Heshvan 5771 – November 4, 2010
The rabbi of Hollywood, Florida's original Reform temple, along with a high school teacher and a group of students, recently visited Chabad of South Broward. They were intrigued and inspired by their hour-long visit.

Opposition To Conversion Bill Is Hypocritical – And Hurts Israel

7 Tishri 5771 – September 15, 2010
I find quite puzzling the vehement opposition of the American Conservative and Reform movements and Jewish Federations of North America to the conversion bill proposed by Knesset member David Rotem.

The Reform Movement Comes To Charleston

20 Sivan 5770 – June 2, 2010
Last month we traced the establishment and development of the Jewish Community in Charleston, South Carolina, and its first synagogue, Kahal Kodesh (Holy Congregation) Beth Elokim (KKBE). From its inception in 1749 the synagogue was Orthodox and followed the Sephardic ritual. (This was the case with all of the synagogues founded during colonial times.)

A New Denial Of Traditional Judaism

4 Adar 5770 – February 17, 2010
For thousands of years of Jewish history there wasn't a unique nomenclature classifying Torah-deviant Jews. Denominations like Conservative, Reform and Orthodox were non-existent. One was either more observant, less observant, or, in highly atypical cases, nonobservant.

Abraham Rice: The First Rabbi In America (Part II)

15 Kislev 5770 – December 2, 2009
Last month we discussed how Rabbi Abraham Joseph Rice came to America in 1840 and became the rav of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (Congregation Nidchei Yisroel). Rav Rice was the first ordained Orthodox rabbi to settle in North America.

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