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Daily Briefing Oct. 28 – On being Jewish in Israel

Ops and blogs editor Miriam Herschlag and reporter Amy Spiro discuss the new head of the Reform movement in Israel and the ongoing issue of non-Orthodox marriages

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Ops and blogs editor Miriam Herschlag and reporter Amy Spiro join today’s host, Jessica Steinberg.

Spiro begins with a look at her new interview with the new head of Israel’s Reform movement, Anna Kislanski, who was raised in a secular, Russian immigrant family in Israel and discovered Reform Judaism as a young adult.

She and Herschlag discuss the larger issues facing secular Israelis and Russian immigrants in particular, given the struggle over the lack of civil marriage in Israel.

Along those lines, Herschlag describes a blog post recently written by a Russian immigrant to Israel whose pandemic-era marriage through the US state of Utah, conducted online, isn’t considered legal by Israel, forcing the young couple to move to Europe.

Herschlag also mentions recent posts written in memory of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who died one year ago.

Discussed articles include:

The new head of Israel’s Reform movement is cautiously optimistic

Forced to leave Israel by Rabbinate and Interior Ministry

Lessons in leadership from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks zt”l

Jonathan Sacks, morality and Facebook algorithms

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