While Netanyahu cuts us Reform Jews out, he payrolls those who spew hatred towards us. But we won't give up on Israel, equality or democracy. And we will continue to demand our rights
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rabbi Rick Jacobs is the President of the Union for Reform Judaism.
As we reflect on Shimon Peres life and legacy, we cannot doubt that people grow and change. So should Jewish tradition.
We believe that our love for Israel compels us to challenge troubling Israeli policies that fail to live up to the Jewish tradition's highest ideals, while reminding the Israeli state about the power and wisdom of Jewish pluralism.
On Memorial Day, consider that it is the tension between these qualities that gives Israel the power to defend our people and our ideals.
A worsening climate of distrust, even hatred, inside Israel, pitting Jew against Arab, is one cost of the Gaza war. At this time of mourning, even as we defend our state against Hamas brutal attacks, we must reject hatred and celebrate compassion.
Israels newly sworn-in president, forsaking his previous public hostility towards Reform Judaism, now shows us warmth and respect, in the spirit of togetherness that especially characterizes these difficult times.
U.S. Reform movement president Rick Jacobs asks Israel's president-elect if he's ready to update his harsh and unenlightened views about the largest denomination in American Jewish life.
Arguing about winners or losers from the Pew study of U.S. Jews misses the point: We must all welcome more Jews who care about social justice into a life of Jewish commitment, and respect their critical stance regarding Israel.
President Obama should affirm the Jewish people's historic connection with its homeland, absent from his 2009 Cairo speech, as well as to call for religious freedom for all Jews, a renewal of the peace process, and an effective response to Irans nuclear military ambitions.
His brand of Judaism was fearless, always evolving, brutally honest, defying all labels and yet profoundly authentic. He was the reason I decided to become a Reform rabbi, and our Reform Jewish world would have been very different without him.