It can be incredibly difficult to stay on top of today's Jewish communal issues. When something notable occurs, there are often dozens of articles written, with a vast array of perspectives. Here we collect articles from a wide variety of publications and organize them, so that you can engage with a variety of opinions in one place, without having to mine the depths of Google or jump between the websites of various Jewish publications. 

 

THE "CALL TO ACTION" - A STATEMENT ON JEWISH VITALITY

10/1/2015 - From eJewishPhilanthropy: "Marking the 2nd anniversary of the release of the 2013 Pew Research Center’s Portrait of Jewish Americans, a highly diverse group of thought leaders from all around the United States has framed a “Statement on Jewish Vitality,” advocating strategic responses to respond to the challenges to the Jewish future." This statement provoked a great deal of discussion in the Jewish community, including a variety of responses to it in the days and weeks after the call's publication. Included at the link above is the original statement, some critical responses, and some favorable responses.

RECONSTRUCTIONIST RABBINICAL COLLEGE POLICY SHIFT ON INTERMARRIAGE 

9/30/2015 - From www.rrc.edu: "On September 21, 2015, RRC's faculty voted that having a non-Jewish partner would no longer bar qualified applicants from admission to RRC or from graduating as rabbis. The policy change is the result of many years of discussion within the Reconstructionist movement."

A number of rabbinical schools have been considering shifts in their policies that would admit intermarried students (and students who are "inter-dating"). In September 2015, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College became the first to lift their ban. At the link above, you will find the RRC press release announcing their decision, along with responses from individuals in favor and opposed to the shift.