By Robert Lappin
Opinion piece from a Reform congregant who is upset over new Reform guidelines that define a Jew not by lineage, but rather by life cycle events and Jewish communal participation.
By Rachel Sarah
Rachel Sarah was raised in a Jewish family with a non-Jewish mother, but when she was 16, a Hassidic rabbi told her she wasn’t Jewish. After shunning the Jewish community for many years, she is now raising her child Jewish… but worri
By Robin Friedman
Reprinted news article about a New Jersey synagogue that was "disaffiliated" from the Conservative movement after an investigation showed that the synagogue failed to meet Conservative movement "standards" by accepting p
By Rabbi Aaron Goldstein
Professional view by a rabbi and Liberal Judaism outreach worker in the UK who explains his movement’s stance on interfaith marriage: it is the only branch in the UK that sanctions interfaith marriages and accepts interfaith fam
By Nacha Cattan
Reprinted news article about possible causes and meanings of the Conservative movement’s dropping numbers and increasing level of observance.
By Ellen S. Glazer
Professional view and news article about different facets of Jewish adoption: the biblical precedents for intertility, the post-Holocaust Jewish need to repopulate, and the patrilineal descent issue for gay Jewish couples.
By Susan Katz Miller
Personal narrative from a Jew of patrilineal descent remembering her short but influential meeting with Rabbi Alexander Schindler, former President of the Reform Movement, in which Schindler made her feel loved, accepted, and respected as a Jew.
By Judith Van Praag
Personal narrative from a Dutch-born child of intermarriage who feels 100% Jewish, and gets upset when people tell her she’s not because her mother wasn’t Jewish.
By Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Professional view by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who explains his approach to interfaith marriage--create "an entirely new wedding ceremony for marriages between a Jew and a member of another spiritual community"--and describes and explains the ce
By Joe Berkofsky
Reprinted news article about a contentious essay written by Rabbi Paul Menitoff predicting the disappearance of the Conservative movement in a matter of decades because of the polarization of American Jewry, and the movement’s "opposition to in