There are times we are rendered mute, when silence is both becoming and unavoidable. The most obvious example (though far from the only one) is 9/11.
While the American Jewish community may now be culturally homogeneous, it is just as surely “ethnically diverse.” Acknowledging this, the Reform movement is creating an inclusive and welcoming community that promotes the vitality of the Jewish people and religion in America.
Helping to create a meaningful Jewish life for every Reform Jew is the shared responsibility of rabbis, cantors, educators, administrators, and lay persons working collaboratively. Collaboration has become more than a method of engagement; it has become a value and, perhaps, a goal.
As a Reform rabbi and ideological pluralist, I would be happy to never use the word “denomination” again. In an open-society and digital age when access is paramount, barriers to access seem beside the point.
What is the next “frontier” for Refoem Judaism?
Should Reform Judaism return to its earlier emphasis on social justice, or place greater emphasis on ritual?
What is the relationship between autonomy and authority for Reform Jews?