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May 27, 1995 | From Religion News Service
Reform Jewish leaders have selected a self-described "baby boomer" to head North America's largest Jewish denomination as it struggles to balance a commitment to liberal social action with growing calls for more traditional religious expression. Meeting in Philadelphia last weekend, trustees of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Reform movement's congregational umbrella, voted to confirm its search committee's selection of Rabbi Eric Yoffie, 47, of Westfield, N.J., as president.
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December 14, 1996 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In an open challenge to the Israeli government, the president of the largest wing of Judaism in the United States assailed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Los Angeles on Friday, accusing him of a failure of leadership that has led to growing tensions in the Middle East. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations--the synagogue arm of the 1.
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December 14, 1996 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In an open challenge to the Israeli government, the president of the largest wing of Judaism in the United States assailed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Los Angeles on Friday, accusing him of a failure of leadership that has led to growing tensions in the Middle East. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations--the synagogue arm of the 1.
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May 27, 1995 | From Religion News Service
Reform Jewish leaders have selected a self-described "baby boomer" to head North America's largest Jewish denomination as it struggles to balance a commitment to liberal social action with growing calls for more traditional religious expression. Meeting in Philadelphia last weekend, trustees of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the Reform movement's congregational umbrella, voted to confirm its search committee's selection of Rabbi Eric Yoffie, 47, of Westfield, N.J., as president.
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July 8, 2000 | Associated Press
Reform Judaism's Union of American Hebrew Congregations has admitted seven new synagogues for a total of 902, the first time U.S. and Canadian affiliates have exceeded 900. The new member synagogues are in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington state. In all, 16 congregations have joined in the past year. "Clearly, the strength of our programs and the power of our religious philosophy are important attractions," said President Eric Yoffie.
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January 9, 1999 | Associated Press
Leaders of the Reform and Conservative branches of North American Judaism have asked members to mobilize against proposed legislation in Israel that would restore Orthodox rabbis' exclusive right to perform religious conversions. The bill would overturn a December ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that validated conversions by non-Orthodox groups within Israel. The government's Interior Ministry plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
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September 11, 1999 | Religion News Service
Southern Baptists have been asked to pray that Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah during Judaism's High Holy Days, a move denounced by Jewish leaders as arrogant and offensive. To coincide with the High Holy Days, which began Friday night, the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board published a new prayer booklet intended to guide church members "as they intercede with God on behalf of his chosen people," according to Baptist Press, the denomination's official news service.
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December 7, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
This week's suspension of Reform Judaism's central seminary leader for alleged sexual misconduct highlighted the Reform movement's crackdown on such behavior in recent years, officials said Wednesday. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman resigned from his post as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after the Reform rabbinate's ethics committee suspended him for two years.
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December 9, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
As the great wave of interfaith marriages reaches the child-rearing stage, more parents are facing the difficult challenge of deciding in which religion to raise their children. Many parents have opted to raise their children in both faiths, leaving the children free to choose which religion to practice as they mature.
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August 12, 2005 | From Chicago Tribune
With one day to go before a scheduled vote, an hour of debate Thursday revealed a Lutheran assembly sharply divided on whether to change church policy that required gay and lesbian pastors to remain chaste. Gathered in Orlando for their biennial meeting, more than 1,000 pastors and parishioners from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are expected to decide whether to ordain homosexuals in committed relationships and continue permitting pastors to bless same-gender unions without penalty.
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December 16, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid growing pressure on rabbis to marry Jews to non-Jews, Reform Judaism's lay leaders have voted overwhelmingly against urging their rabbis to drop their official opposition to interfaith marriage ceremonies. The Union of American Hebrew Congregations' national board of trustees took up the hot-button issue for the first time ever at its three-day Los Angeles meeting, which ended Sunday, but decided that the rabbis' right of conscience and authority on religious matters must be respected.
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September 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions. But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion," McLaughlin said. "But I had no deep connection to it. " A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they have no religion. Yet like McLaughlin, they still identify themselves as Jewish.
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