Reform Judaism's resolution on transgender rights commits the movement to 'full equality, inclusion and acceptance of people of all gender identities and gender expressions.'
Speaking at Union for Reform Judaism's biennial conference, Bronfman notes that 75 participants on Birthright identify as Reform, nondenominational or just Jewish.
Unconsciously and unintentionally, the right has become a serious threat to the future of Diaspora Jewry.
Entrenchment of Orthodoxy and growing number of unaffiliated Jews offer challenges but also opportunities for Reform Jews, as movement gathers for its biennial conference.
Far-reaching resolution calls for gender-neutral language within movement literature, training on gender issues, and encourages advocacy on behalf of the transgender community.
Biennial expected to draw 5,000 people from U.S. and abroad, including more than 450 rabbis and 250 synagogue presidents.
Despite disagreements with Israel's government and Orthodox establishment, head of Reform movement is optimistic about furthering liberal and egalitarian agenda in the Jewish state. A wide-ranging interview ahead of this week's Reform Movement Biennial in Florida.
'Orthodox institutions may not ordain women into the Orthodox rabbinate, regardless of the title used,' says main U.S. rabbinical group.
One of the oldest Jewish jokes is about the 13-year-old boy who takes the podium at the front of his synagogue to recite his bar mitzvah speech. 'Today I am a fountain pen,' he says.*
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