Reform Judaism in Israel - Why Is the Movement Marginal?

By Stanley Ringler

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Winter 1996

The author discusses the philosophical, demographic and political reasons why Reform Judaism has not yet gained legitimacy in Israeli society. He explains that an excess of time, money and energy has been spent on the movement's public and legal battles rather than the educational and spiritual needs of its current and potential members. He indicates further that the policy of engagement, confrontation, and prophetic denunciation as practiced by the Israel Religious Action Committee and its American movement supporters is an ineffective (if not counterproductive) approach to the advancement of Reform interests in Israel. The author finally advocates an integrative role for the Reform movement in Israel and a constructive existential engagement on the part of the movement in the Diaspora.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Government

Name of Publication: CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ringler, Stanley. Reform Judaism in Israel - Why Is the Movement Marginal?. CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). Winter 1996: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4099


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