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    • outsider Jew
    • 22.12.07 | 22:11 (IST)

    I am an outsider to Jewish politics in the USA. However, I am Jewish, proud and supporter, but does not "belong" to federations or other such organizations. Please, help me understand: 1- For how many Jews does the umbrella organization of presidents speak? What is the percentage represented vis-a-vis the estimated total number of Jewish people in the USA? 2- What is the breakdown in terms of political positions and how "rigid' are these positions among the "presidents"? 3- For how many Rabbi Yoffe speaks? Is the Reform movement homogeneous in its political views? aren't any discrepancies among Reform Jews? 4- How are "presidents" elected? Are these democratic elections? Who has the right to vote? how candidates are selected? 5- When it comes to matters around Jerusalem, did Rabbi Yoffe or any of the presidents serve in the IDF, worked and paid taxes in Israel, lived in Jerusalem or Israel for a substantive period? 6- Is donating money enough criteria to have a voice?

    from the article: Reform head: U.S. Jews must not oppose compromise on Jerusalem
    First published 00:00 22.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.12.07
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