Women, Mothers, Rabbis, Trailblazers: Juggling Identities and Roles in the Masorti Movement

The Masorti Movement in Israel—a Judaism that preserves observance and tradition while recognizing how modern life in Israel is lived—is blessed with women rabbis of intellect, energy, and spiritual commitment to Torah, egalitarianism, inclusion, and community. Their varied backgrounds and experiences enrich their kehillot and communities. From Israel to France and the former Soviet Union and beyond, these women blaze a ...

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The Value of Teen Summer Travel…and Ways to Save

For parents of Jewish teens, instilling in their children a passion for Judaism, an expansive worldview, and the importance of Jewish friendships is often of the utmost importance. However, parents are often conflicted about the best methods -- the “how and when” of talking about or suggesting experiences that will resonate most with their teens can feel daunting.  Of course there are the consistent activitie...

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Masorti Offers a Compassionate Conversion Alternative in Israel

For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” —Ruth 1:16 Conversion to Judaism in Israel is not simple. Nevertheless, some remarkable people have chosen Judaism—chosen to link their lives with the Jewish people through the Israeli Masorti Movement’s welcoming, egalitarian, warm tradition. While the State of Israel recognizes Masorti conversio...

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Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel With No Barriers? A Dozen People Expected…More Than 400 Came!

Kabbalat Shabbat Circle For the first time in Jewish history, a unique, meaningful, egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat service was held on a Friday night at Israel’s Kotel, or Western Wall, to welcome the Sabbath Queen. Jewish women and men, boys and girls, young and old, prayed together and celebrated the arrival of Shabbat without a mechitza on May 10th, in what was the first of a new Masorti tradition. Rabbi Yerach...

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Historic Trip to Israel Leads to Jewish Discovery Across Generations

Three generations of the Daitz family attend Israel. With her husband, Ronald, on one side and her two sons, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren—ages 9, 14 and 17—on the other, Linda Daitz couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude as three generations of her family experienced the power of Israel together as part of Park Avenue Synagogue’s historic trip. Ranging from infants to seniors, congregants ...

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Want to Discover Meaning in Israel? Let Two Nativers Be Your Guides

Ask any travel guide the must-see places to visit during a spring break trip to Israel and you might hear suggestions like the Western Wall, Tower of David, Yad Vashem, Masada or Independence Hall. While there’s good reason these rank among Israel’s top attractions, there’s more to the Holy Land than meets the average tourist eye. Siblings Brandon and Lily have both experienced Israel through USCJ’s Nativ college leade...

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