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Making History: For the 1st time Israeli gov’t pays salaries to Reform Rabbis

“This is a historic & important step in the long struggle toward pluralism, religious freedom & the recognition by the State of Israel of all branches of Judaism,” said Rabbi Gilad Kariv.



JERUSALEM — Israeli government money was transferred for the first time to the Reform Movement in Israel to pay the salaries of four community Reform rabbis.

Rabbi Miri Gold. – Photo: Gil Cohen Magen/HAARETZ

The transfer of the more than $86,000 on Wednesday comes 18 months after Israel’s Supreme Court approved an arrangement to enable non-Orthodox rabbis who lead congregations to receive state salaries like their Orthodox counterparts.

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Jewish Agency head won’t seek solution over Women of the Wall until new gov’t is formed

The ‘Kotel is in complete captivity & in the hands of an extremist group,’ head of the Jewish Conservative movement of Israel tells the Jewish Agency board.


Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said Tuesday morning that he does not intend to present recommendations on resolving the conflict over prayer regulations at the Western Wall until a new coalition has been formed.


Anat Hoffman

Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, being arrested in December while praying at the Western Wall. – Photo by Michal Fattal

“I proposed that we keep the issue quiet so that it would not be influenced by the coalition negotiations,” he told participants at a session of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, which is meeting in Jerusalem this week. Continue Reading »