David Bedein

Reform and Conservative in Israel do not “recognize all forms of Judaism”

One of the continuing mantras used against Orthodox Judaism in Israel is that they “do not recognize all forms of Judaism” 

It is vital to note that the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel certainly do not recognize all forms of Judaism.

The Reform movement in the US, which my family on my Mom’s side was involved in for two generations, has adopted standards such as allowing interfaith marriage and recognizing Jewish identity through the father and not through the mother.

I always remember my grandfather, a proud Reform Jew, saying that the Reform Movement in America represented a bastion against interfaith marriage.

Now even the Conservative synagogues are beginning to welcome non Jews.

In Israel, things are different.

The Reform In Israel will not recognize patrlinial descent nor will the Reform in Israel allow their Rabbis to perform interfaith marriages,

The real dilemma is that American Jewry has formed its own religion which has no home in Israel – And that includes the 64 non Orthodox synagogues in Israel.

An old friend of mine has a PR firm which fund raises for Conservative and Reform synagogues in Israel. 

I asked him about whether he promotes the positive contributions that Reform and Conservative movements have made to Israel. His answer was short and sweet:

“Are you kidding me?We rake in the dollars by bashing the Orthodox”

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at:
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