Israel & Reform Judaism

Learn about the land of Israel: its society, history, arts and culture, Reform Jewish communities, and much more.

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Shabbat Message: A Galvanizing Visit to Israel That Fills Me With Encouragement

March 4, 2022
In meetings with the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, and Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, we discussed the crisis in Ukraine, the future of the Kotel, ensuring more funding and rights for non-Orthodox Jews, combatting racism, and stopping extremist violence against Palestinians, in addition to other pressing issues.

Film Review: Breaking Bread

January 25, 2022
It's rare to find a documentary set in the Middle East that isn't mired in politics and discord. Rarer still is one bathed in the kind of optimism and goodwill found in Beth Elise Hawk's new film, Breaking Bread. An inside look at a three-day food festival in Haifa, Israel, pairing Israeli and Muslim Arab chefs, Breaking Bread pursues peace through the power of creating top-notch cuisine.

Holding Out an Olive Branch on the West Bank

November 11, 2021
The increasingly violent actions of certain young Jewish settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians - and against their olive trees, sheep herds, vehicles, homes, water supplies, and against their persons - have deeply troubled me, as just one awful symptom of our occupation. Last spring, in the ongoing, non-violent attempts to deter the frequent harassment by their Jewish settler neighbors, I went out twice to accompany Palestinian shepherds as they grazed their flocks.

What Is Reform Zionism?

Reform Zionism is a continuation of the early Zionist dream to foster a living, breathing national culture that represents the highest ideals of Jewish peoplehood. Foremost among these ideals is for Jews to be free and liberated citizens of the world who also contribute as Jews to our global civilization.

Find a Congregation Near You

Find connection, community, learning, and spirituality at a welcoming Reform congregation near you.

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Congregation Beth Am photo at Pride March

 

Experience Israel

Educational Experiences in Israel

Spend the most thrilling summer of your life travelling across Israel. Learn about alternative solutions to environmental and ecological issues, earn high school or college credit through learning and living on a kibbutz, and much more.

Israel Travel Ideas

Look beyond the archeological digs, ancient cisterns and tourist sites for some of the more vacation-y fare, frequented by Israelis, but not always that well-known.

Israeli Society

LGBTQ Life in Israel

Israel has been called the "gay capital of the Middle East," which is no surprise to many of its supporters who have been touting its outstanding record on gay rights for years.