Reform’s Israel stance pleases ambassador

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor has praised the Movement for Reform Judaism for increasing the breadth of support for Israel among British Jewry.

Mr Prosor addressed the 260 delegates at the movement’s biennial conference in Leicester at the weekend, where newly elected Reform chair Stephen Moss reaffirmed its non-negotiable commitment to Israel — and to democracy, justice and human rights for all people of the Middle East.

The envoy also met representatives of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, one of a number of reconciliation projects between Israelis and Palestinians with which the movement is closely associated.

It was the first Reform conference for executive director Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, who urged participants to assess if local provision could be improved. Were synagogue services sufficiently inspiring? Were chedarim encouraging engagement with Jewish tradition? And were communities forging links with non-Jews?

    Last updated: 11:01am, July 10 2008