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|1 year ago :: May 16, 2012 - 2:48PM #1|
There is progress all over the place in Israel. :-)
Female Reform rabbi joins religious council of Jerusalem suburb
Court had ordered Religious Affairs Ministry to approve Rabbi Alona Lisitsa’s appointment
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A female Reform rabbi took her place on the religious council of Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Alona Lisitsa said she did not feel hostility from the rest of the representatives — all Orthodox — of the local religious council, according to reports.
The Reform Mevasseret Zion Congregation put forth Lisitsa’s name to join the council nearly a year ago. The appointment was delayed in the Religious Affairs Ministry, until the courts got involved and ordered the ministry to approve the appointment.
The community’s population is mixed secular-religious.
“I came with much optimism and hope, and indeed I found a different Mevasseret community,” Lisitsa said in an interview with Army Radio. “We talked about the need for cooperation and the need to ignore internal differences for the residents. This is a triumph for Israeli democracy.”
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