Stephen M. Sacks. Recognizing the Reform Movement’s incredible success story on the ground in Israel. Summer 2014.
Ned Porges. Author discusses the influence of peers in getting his 20-something kids sons to go on Taglit -Birthright Israel, which then left them feeling newly connected to their Jewish roots. Includes sidebar on Reform/KESHER Birthright Israel. Summer 2014.
Edwin Black. In this exclusive report adapted from Black’s 2014 book, Financing the Flames, the investigative journalist details and annotates his findings that convicted Palestinians in Israeli prisons receive salaries subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. The more heinous the crime and the longer their sentence, the higher their salaries. Spring 2014.
An RJ-ARZA collaboration. A guide to all 40 IMPJ congregations, with worship and contact information and a color-coded Visitor’s Map of every community. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Rolene Marks. Innovative eateries intermixing immigrant culinary traditions and Middle Eastern and Asian accents: Yakomono, Mul Yam, Max’s, Dr. Shakshuka, Bouza, Mr. Lachuch, Mukhtar, Shegar Ethiopian Restaurant, Kfar Hanokdim, Arcadia. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Darryl Egnal. Israel is now a world leader in green innovation—& many initiatives are open to the eco-traveler. Article covers: Ariel Sharon Park/Mount Hiriya, Vertico Eco-Art Village, Neve Midbar, Chai Negev, Mitzpe Revivim, Nitzana Educational Community & Solar Park, Ezuz - Zimmerbus, Kibbutz Lotan, Ketura Sun, The Ecological Greenhouse—Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Agamon Hula Lake Ornithologial and Nature Park, Mitzpe Hayamim. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Ori J. Lenkinski. An insider’s TLVStyle fashion tour by Galit Reisman introduces visitors to behind-the-scenes Tel Aviv designers Chen Fuchs, Maria Berman, Muslin Brothers, Sivan Moshkovitz, and others, and reveals much about 21st century Israeli culture. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Abigail Klein Leichman. Experiencing what it’s like to be old, deaf, or blind…operating Leonardo da Vinci’s canal lock, virtually meeting the pre-State volunteer fighters…. Profiles of museums/exhibitions: Invitation to Silence, Dialogue with Time, Dialogue in the Dark, Design Museum: Holon, MadaTech, Palmach Museum. Sidebar on seven Other Innovative Museums. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
A Reform Movement collaboration. Cultural insight into the 40 Progressive communities affiliated with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. Sidebar on ARZA. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
No byline. Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey became the 1st Reform synagogue in the U.S. to host a Peace of Mind group, helping a unit of 16 Israeli soldiers work through their traumatic experiences. Summer 2013.
a conversation with Reuven Firestone. Why “holy war” disappeared from Jewish thought for 2000 years, and how it came back. Q&A with author of Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea. Spring 2013.
interview with Rabbi Meir Azari. How the fee-for-service models at The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism might be applied to URJ congregations across North America. Summer 2012.
Jeremi Suri. After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger almost singlehandedly reshaped the balance of power in the Middle East—a balance which reigned in the region for nearly 40 years. How did Kissinger’s escape from Nazi Germany impact his foreign policy? And now, with populist Arab uprisings, how will history judge his legacy? Winter 2011.
James Rudin. Why have mainline Protestant leaders—our social justice and religious coalition partners—consistently made common cause with the Palestinians, often ignoring Israeli perspectives on the conflict? How can we strengthen our relationships with Protestant churches? Winter 2011.
Martin Sherman. India - the world's most populous democracy - and Israel - the world's most beleaguered democracy - have developed a vibrant relationship that could well change the geopolitical landscape in one of the world's most volatile regions. Winter 2010.
Stacey Blank, Hanan Cidor, Paula Edelstein, David Forman, Miri Gold, Rich Kirschen, Dalya Levy, Michael Livni, Michael Marmur, Edgar Nof, Nancy Reich, Tamara Schagas, Matthew Sperber, Levi Weiman-Kelman, Hannah Yakin. Israeli Reform Jews speak candidly about the joys and the challenges of living in a Jewish state, internal politics, and how North American Jews can make a difference in its destiny. Fall 2010.
Stacey Blank, Hanan Cidor, Evan Cohen, Paula Edelstein, David Forman, Miri Gold, Rich Kirschen, Dalya Levy, Michael Livni, Michael Marmur, Edgar Nof, Nancy Reich, Tamara Schagas, Matthew Sperber, Levi Weiman-Kelman, Hannah Yakin. Israel Reform Jews-some born in Israel, some via aliyah-share stories about their struggles to coexist in peace with Arab neighbors in a volatile land. Includes sidebar on Israel Religious Action Center social justice accomplishments. Summer 2010.
Stacey Blank, Daniel Chinn, Hanan Cidor, Evan Cohen, Paula Edelstein, David Forman, Miri Gold, Rich Kirschen, Dalya Levy, Michael Livni, Michael Marmur, Avraham Melamed, Nancy Reich, Tamara Schagas, Matthew Sperber, Levi Weiman-Kelman, Hannah Yakin. What it's really like to live as a Reform Jew in Israel, what it means to be a Jew and a Reform Jew living in Israel, aspects of Israeli Jewish life worthy of emulation abroad, and more. Spring 2010.
An interview with Anat Hoffman, who leads the Reform Movement's struggle against injustice in Israel, on legal, advocacy, and communal social action initiatives that are making a difference. Winter 2008.
A conversation with Naomi Cohn-Zentner on how Israeli music has captured the changing realities and dreams of a nation; musical clips of selected significant songs appear on www.reformjudaismmag.org. Fall 2008.
A range of Reform Jewish stories and perspectives about experiencing, identifying with, and connecting with Israel. Summer 2008.
Daniel Rogov. A behind-the-scenes look at why and how restaurants in Israel have transformed to become top dining destinations. Part of The RJ Insider's Guide to Israel Travel. Spring 2008.
Gail Barzilay. A guide to the well-known and the unknown museum and gallery destinations throughout the country. Part of The RJ Insider's Guide to Israel Travel. Spring 2008.
Andrew Davids. The innovative ways in which Reform congregations can deepen their experience of visiting the Jewish state. Part of The RJ Insider's Guide to Israel Travel. Spring 2008.
Gerry Aronow. Less known tourism destinations in the Dead Sea area of Israel. Part of The RJ Insider's Guide to Israel Travel. Spring 2008.
Aron & Judith Hirt-Manheimer. A variety of Israel spa and other destinations for the traveler seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Part of The RJ Insider's Guide to Israel Travel. Spring 2008.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer. The factors underlying the dramatic increase in the number of North American Reform Jews making aliyah. Spring 2008.
Bonny V. Fetterman. The MASA initiative brings 18- to 30-year-olds to Israel to experience life there firsthand while pursuing their own life's goals. Winter 2007.
Robert Orkand. A Reform rabbi's reflection on how a Christian-Muslim-Jewish pilgrimage to the Holy Land brought the group face to face with conditioned prejudices, and helped them to see Israel through each other's eyes. Fall 2007.
Alan Bennett. Discussion Guide to Israel's choices in combat situations includes a summary, questions for conversation, and a bibliography. Summer 2007.
Israel's military code of ethics is tested in an age of terror. Bernard Edinger. Summer 2007.
Daniel Reisel. Diary of a 31-year-old Jewish soldier in Lebanon. Winter 2006.
Dan Fleshler. Was defending Israel the motivating factor behind the US-led invasion of Iraq? Fleshler explains why this oft-repeated statement is a fallacy. Winter 2006.
Andrea Rapp. Libraries have become the latest battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Israelis are getting bibliographically battered. Includes the sidebar "Books You Can Count On," a list of fair and accurate books about Israel for younger readers. Summer 2005.
Alan Bennett. This study guide for congregations and home discussion about the Middle East conflict includes historical overview, questions, and a bibliography. Spring 2005.
Dennis Ross. "If the US does not become a bridge between the Israelis and Palestinians in managing the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, we will turn a chance for peace into a recipe for violence." Part of Focus: The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection. Spring 2005.
Michael Oren. "I don't see over the horizon a Palestinian leader who is either capable of or willing to wage war against his fellow Palestinians in order to make peace." Part of Focus: The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection. Spring 2005.
Yagil Henkin. "There will never be a serious movement toward resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until both sides are equally exhausted from fighting." Part of Focus: The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection. Spring 2005.
Naomi Chazan. "Three sources of change are converging-and offering an opportunity to end this decades-long conflict." Part of Focus: The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection. Spring 2005.
Ami Ayalon. "Six peace principles that avoid the pitfalls of Oslo." Part of Focus: The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection. Spring 2005.
Barbara Simon. "How exactly had the Hebrew I'd loved since childhood evolved from a sacred tongue to a living language? I made a pilgrimage to Israel to find out." Fall 2004.
Rachel Mehlsak. "A 10-day birthright Israel trip provided countless discoveries about myself, those around me, and Israel." Fall 2004
Al Vorspan. "Celebrating my 80th birthday in Jerusalem, I was acutely aware of the profound social justice challenges faced today by Israeli society--and the perils of suicide bombing." Fall 2004.
Joy Weinberg. Exploration of unique Israeli adventures such as snuba, camel riding, and visiting the largest spring migration site for birds in the world. Part of "Israel at 50" pullout guide produced in conjunction with the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Fall 1997.
Aron and Judith Hirt-Manheimer. "What would it be like to revisit Jerusalem, the place where we met and vowed our love in a field of wizened olive trees and scarlet spring poppies? Could Israel still work its magic on us?" Part of "Israel at 50" pullout guide produced in conjunction with the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Fall 1997.
Eric Blau. The man with the rich, black beard and frock coat presents his century-old Austrian passport to El Al officials at JFK. Theodor Herzl will finally visit the Jewish state he said would be "no dream." Imaginative story. Spring 1997.