The Reform Movement, through Reform Judaism Magazine and as part of the Think Tank, wants to know what you think about how to strengthen the future of Judaism in North America.
The magazine’s next cover story will offer a behind-the-scenes history of changes in Judaism and Reform Judaism featuring information that even those well-versed in the subject have been surprised to learn—as a means to engage the entire Reform Movement as well as unaffiliated Jews in discussing the “Big Questions” of our present and future. Each of the major stories in the section—with authors/interviewees Rabbi David Ellenson, Rabbi Lawrence Englander, Rabbi Steve Fox, Rabbi Lance Sussman, and Rabbi Dan Freelander—includes 3 “Big Questions” derived from their reflections, such as these three from Rabbi Ellenson’s article:
1. If the “elements that bind [the different Jewish movements] are more powerful than those which divide us,” how might Jews of different denominations work together to strengthen Jewish life in North America?
2. Would breaking down barriers between the different Jewish movements be a positive development in the evolution of Judaism in North America? If yes, what might the breakdown of further barriers require? If no, why not?
3. Rabbi Ellenson says that “we have come closer to Isaac Mayer Wise’s dream of an American Judaism” than ever before. Do you think we should reenvision our Movement’s scope—and its name—to encompass the majority of liberal Jewry in North America? If yes, what would you call this Movement? If no, why not?
The interactive website has just gone live at www.reformjudaismmag.org/thinktank. Add your thoughts to this conversation—this is an opportunity for your ideas to be considered by the Reform Think Tank as well as the leadership of the Reform Movement.