Reform Judaism Blog

8 Dessert Recipes that Will Transport You to Israel

8 Dessert Recipes that Will Transport You to Israel kbkaput February 24, 2021

Missing Eretz Yisrael? These sweet treats will help transport you, without ever having to hop on a plane.

My Gap Year in Israel is the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

My Gap Year in Israel is the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made kbkaput February 23, 2021

Israel is our home. It was in the Torah, and it is now. It sure isn’t perfect, and it might not be around forever, but that’s exactly why we need to come.

A Victory Against Hate and Violence in Israel

A Victory Against Hate and Violence in Israel kbkaput February 16, 2021

For the first time in Israel’s history, a rabbi has been criminally convicted on charges of incitement to violence.

A New Film Focuses on the Plight of Ethiopian Jews Trying to Make Aliyah

A New Film Focuses on the Plight of Ethiopian Jews Trying to Make Aliyah kbkaput February 11, 2021

In the 1980s and '90s, Israel committed to helping Ethiopian Jews make aliyah and become Israeli citizens. To this day, though, a small group of Jews remain in Ethiopia and have been unable to immigrate.

A Jerusalem Love Story

A Jerusalem Love Story kbkaput February 9, 2021

It has been almost 50 years since I met my wife Judy in Jerusalem. She came into my life like the Sabbath queen about to enter the synagogue, with everyone rising and turning toward the door to welcome her in.

Labor of Love or Love of Labor?

Labor of Love or Love of Labor? kbkaput February 7, 2021

For the first time, a Reform rabbi has a realistic chance to be elected to the Knesset. After the Labor primaries, Rabbi Gilad Kariv – who ran on the Labor ticket in past elections – rose to number four on the list, which puts him in real contention to be a Member of Knesset.

Israel's Vaccination Story

Israel's Vaccination Story kbkaput February 2, 2021

Everyone has an opinion on what we should have done – but as this crisis has exposed weaknesses in social solidarity, in leadership, in democratic processes here, it has also demonstrated clearly the strength of the Israeli health care system.

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom kbkaput January 19, 2021

In Hebrew, two terms describe two different aspects of nationalism. Leumiut directly translates to “nationalism"; leumanut carries a jingoistic, chauvinistic, supremacist, and extremist brand of nationalism.

There's No Place Like Home: How Israel's Legal Aid Center for Olim is Making an Impact

There's No Place Like Home: How Israel's Legal Aid Center for Olim is Making an Impact kbkaput January 11, 2021

An Israeli man and his wife, stuck abroad in the pandemic, noticed their daughter was showing signs of a neurological disorder, so they decided to return home as soon as possible. But coming home wasn’t so easy.

Reflecting on 2020 in Israel and Looking to the Future

Reflecting on 2020 in Israel and Looking to the Future kbkaput January 5, 2021

This past year was filled with worries about health – our physical health, and the health of democracy. But we at the Israel Religious Action Center are steady on our feet, and keeping our instruments in tune.