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How green is Judaism?

“The Eternal God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to keep it and to watch over it.” (Genesis 2:15) Later rabbinic commentary on that verse adds detail to God’s instructions to Adam: “Look at My works! How beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And everything I made, I created for you. […]

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World Union leader resigns

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has announced that Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs will be leaving his post as President, effective October 2012.Rabbi Fuchs will undergo major heart surgery in the United States in the last week of November. The prognosis for success is good, and he will be in our thoughts and prayers.The […]

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SAUPJ calls for Israel peace

The Psalmist said, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (34:14). The World Union for Progressive Judaism sends its message of hope and support for a swift cessation of the current conflict, which jeopardizes the lives of Israelis and those living in Gaza as well. Having suffered over 400 rocket attacks […]

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Israel nod to Reform rabbis

HISTORY was in the making in early June 2012, when after a prolonged legal battle, Israel’s Attorney General declared that the State of Israel will fund the salaries of Reform Rabbis who are employed by regional councils. For years, the State has financed the salaries of thousands of rabbis throughout the country. These rabbis serve […]

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SAUPJ tribute to Simon Jocum

The South African Union for Progressive Judaism and the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis notes with sorrow the passing of Simon Jocum. A distinguished leader who dedicated most of his life to the Progressive Movement and Temple Israel Cape Town. Simon was educated at Muizenberg High School, and is the Retired Managing Director of […]

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Reform funeral for Chaskalson

FORMER Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, revered for his contributions to human rights in South Africa, was buried in the Reform section of Westpark cemetery on Monday December 2, 2012. The funeral, attended by President Jacob Zuma, drew the largest-ever crowd of mourners for a Progressive Jewish funeral. Despite pouring rain, about a thousand people attended. […]

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