Reform movement

Neuberger urges Reform to 'up its game'

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

Baroness Neuberger urged the Reform movement to place renewed emphasis on social justice in her first keynote address to its convention since returning to the pulpit just over 15 months ago.

The senior rabbi of West London Synagogue told the 270 delegates — the largest attendance at the event for many years — that the movement needed to “up its game”.

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Reform conversions are on the rise again

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

The Reform movement is expecting a rise in conversions of more than a quarter this year — what may be its highest number on record.

Conversions are projected to reach 190 by the end of the year, compared with 144 cases — 105 adults and 39 children — last year. The Beth Din has already had to lay on two extra sessions to cope with the demand and is fully booked until January.

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Sephardi chief rabbi campaign to ban Reform funding

By Josh Jackman, June 19, 2012

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has sent a letter to hundreds of Orthodox Rabbis, urging them to help overturn the Israeli government’s recent decision to recognise and fund Conservative and Reform rabbis.

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A win for Reform, not women

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 7, 2012

The sweeping election of Laura Marks as senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies of [some] British Jews is certainly a landmark and possibly a signpost.

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Israel to pay salaries of Reform, Masorti rabbis

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

Non-Orthodox communities in Israel were celebrating a victory this week after a landmark decision requiring the state to provide the same financial assistance to Reform and Masorti religious leaders as it does to Orthodox ones.

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Lieberman visit triggers bitter community clash

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The Reform Movement has stood by its attack on visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman after coming under fire at the Board of Deputies.

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Borts quits Newcastle Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 29, 2012

Newcastle Reform's Rabbi Barbara Borts has resigned because she "wants to move on".

Rabbi Borts has given six months' notice to the 150-member congregation she has served on a part-time basis since 2008.

"I have had a good time here," she said. "They are a great bunch of people. If they need help I will continue to help them. I am not leaving them in the lurch."

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Tabick achieves another first at Reform Beit Din

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Once Britain's first woman rabbi, Jackie Tabick is now the first female convenor of the Reform movement's Beit Din, following the retirement of Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

She will take up the part-time post in April, while continuing her congregational role as rabbi of North-West Surrey Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Tabick will oversee the authority at a time of increased applications for conversion.

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It's my Jeneration in a Reform relaunch

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Young adult and student activities provider, Jeneration, is relaunching to brand itself as an explicitly Reform movement project and will prioritise programmes for mixed-faith couples.

Although Jeneration has always been funded by the Movement for Reform Judaism, MRJ chief executive Ben Rich said it had deliberately not been marketed as a Reform venture.

"When we started Jeneration, five yea

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All about Reform Judaism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

A video about what's new in Reform Judaism in Britain, as screened at the movement's recent annual dinner.

The film was produced and directed by Lucie Hass

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