When it comes to handling issues of sexual violence in the Jewish state, experts say Israel is taking positive steps - but there is a long way to go By Maayan Hoffman eJewish Philanthropy There are numerous Jewish laws forbidding situations where a man and a woman and/or an adult and children - when it is not a parent and child - would be alone together. There are also laws forbidding touch of any kind between an unmarried man and … [Read more...] about Trends Upward in Israel
The Conference of American Jewish Federations set to take place in Tel Aviv will be devoted this year to “renewing dialogue between American Jewry and Israel.” It’s just a shame that this well-meaning event will not include voices from settlers, Haredim, Arabs, and those from the country’s periphery. By Zvika Klein [Editor's note: While written prior to the GA, the underlying message - "to meet with Israelis who don’t think like you" - … [Read more...] about My American Brothers, Speak with Israelis who Don’t Think Like You
By Gidi Grinstein This week, in Tel-Aviv, Jewish American lay and professional leaders will convene with hundreds of Israelis for the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). It stands to be a pivotal gathering for what may or may not be said in it. And I am worried. I am a fan. I believe that the community institutions of American Jewry, with the Federation system as its crown jewel, are the backbone of … [Read more...] about GA: Let’s Raise the Temperature
A new Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) study, Rising Streams, Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel, reports that 12-13 percent of Israeli Jews (800,000) self-identify as Reform or Conservative in recent surveys. These numbers illustrate significant growth in the last decade. However, while hundreds of thousands of Israelis identify with the movements they are not active members. These Israelis, according to the report, are mostly … [Read more...] about New JPPI Report: Significant Rise in Identification with Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel
The shifting plate tectonics of Jewish life
By Yosef I. Abramowitz
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
The Holy Land is trembling. And so, too, should world Jewry.
Defying conventional physics, tremors from a July earthquake in Israel were felt thousands of miles away in North American Jewish communities already battered by a series of shock waves coming out of earthly Jerusalem.
“Today we heard … [Read more...] about Of Federations
and Fault Lines