Rabbis Step In as Matchmakers on New Jewish Dating Sites

(RNS) Before you meet your match, you’ve got to meet your matchmaker. That’s the new strategy of a group of rabbis who are launching a different kind of Jewish dating website called the “J sites”—JMontreal, JMiami, JBoston and, coming soon, JNew York, JLondon, JBerlin...

New Reform Jewish Leader Promises Revitalization

WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Richard Jacobs, who will soon head the congregational arm of the largest Jewish denomination in North America, understands why so many Jews avoid synagogues. His own experience growing up in a Reform synagogue in Southern California, he said,...

Feminist Pioneer Challenges Orthodox Patriarchy

JERUSALEM (RNS) Tova Hartman opens the door to her apartment with a warm smile, speaking softly and casually dressed. With her down-to-earth femininity, she doesn’t exactly look like a rabble-rouser within Orthodox Judaism. Which, perhaps, is precisely what makes her...

N.Y. Rabbi Tapped to Lead Reform Jews

(RNS) A New York rabbi with a reputation for innovation has been tapped to lead the Union for Reform Judaism, the umbrella group for the country’s Reform synagogues, starting in 2012. Rabbi Richard Jacobs has headed Westchester Reform Temple since 1991 and recently...