Monday, February 13, 2006

Now they Realize there's a Problem?

So says Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Concerned about what intermarriage is doing to American Judaism, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the organization of the country's Reform Jewish congregations, recently called for Reform synagogues to increase their efforts to convert non-Jewish spouses. By welcoming and accepting gentile spouses, Reform congregations have "perhaps sent the message that we do not care if they convert," Rabbi Yoffie said at the union's most recent conference, in November.

"But that is not our message," he said.

"The time has come to reverse direction by returning to public conversions and doing all the other things that encourage conversion in our synagogues," he said.

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