from TheJC.com (London): ‘Alienation’ leading to a Russian exodus from Israel One in two Israelis who emigrate from Israel is thought originally to hail from the FSU. Last year, this meant that around 2,000 Russian-speaking Israelis alone left for America, and this was a slo … [Read more...] about Is There a Russian Exodus from Israel?
by Rabbi Uri Regev Yonatan Ariel’s detailed response to my op-ed regarding the Global Jewish Forum’s seminar about Haredim and the Jewish Collective almost had me convinced. I might have accepted his assessment that the matter had been fairly considered, had I not had close acq … [Read more...] about What’s Missing from Real Dialogue between Israel and Diaspora Jewry?
The issue of conversion and the legal implications for Israeli citizens has, once again, become a topic of great discussion - both in the Knesset and the global Jewish world. Currently, the recently proposed changes have again been tabled [until mid-year] in order to allow for … [Read more...] about Conversion, Between Crisis and Dialogue
by Yehudah Mirsky The challenge of managing and deepening relationships between Israel and world Jewry has been with us for decades. Today far-reaching changes are being rung on these familiar questions. For Diaspora Jews, Israel is one possible element of their Jewishness; … [Read more...] about Meaning and Belonging in Israel and the Diaspora Today
by Shmuel Rosner The difficulty of defining who is a Jew and, accordingly, the increasingly difficult task of agreeing upon the nature of the “gateway” to the Jewish people (conversion), has accompanied the Jewish people throughout history. From time to time a crisis erupts whe … [Read more...] about A Fundamental Solution to the ‘Conversion Crisis’ or a Practical One?