Rabbi Rick Jacobs says new legislation is a step toward creating an Orthodox monopoly in Israel that treats non-Orthodox Jews as second-class citizens
While Reform, Conservative conversions performed abroad would still be recognized according to the Law of Return, citizenship would be denied to such converts already in Israel
Several hundred Orthodox worshippers set up a large barrier to separate men from women in the egalitarian space, leaving little room for non-Orthodox groups
Government slapped with June 4 deadline for responding to petitions seeking to end the impasse on the egalitarian prayer plaza
While some helpful 'cosmetic' initiatives were adopted by lawmakers, they failed to engage with any of the most critical questions of religious plurality, says Jewish Pluralism Watch.
Virtually all programs spearheaded by Religious Service Ministry's Jewish Identity Administration involve Orthodox partners, petitioners claim.
'Women can perform mitzvot and participate in an equal position in religious services,' Sao Paolo community president says.
The head of Israel's affiliated movement applauds the decision as a 'moral, Jewish' solution to the problems of mixed couples.
Orthodox high school girls leave school to shout down Women of the Wall during prayer services at Jerusalem's Western Wall; Police separate groups, restricting confrontations to verbal attacks.
American rabbis planning to create a network of 'sanctuary congregations' to provide safe haven for those affected by the ban.