Saying the apple doesn’t fall from the tree is an understatement when it comes to the Mazors. In their case, it fell smack under it.
Last Friday, following in the footsteps of her father and older brother, Noa Mazor became the third member of her immediate family to become ordained as a Reform rabbi in Israel.
To understand how rare, and even unprecedented, it is to find three Reform rabbis in one Israeli family, suffice it to say there are only 110 in the entire country. And that compares with roughly 50,000 ordained Orthodox rabbis, according to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. […]
Although Reform Judaism is the largest Jewish movement in the United States – which is home to the largest Jewish community in the world outside Israel – it is still not officially recognized by the religious establishment in Israel. For that reason, marriages and conversions performed by Reform rabbis in the country – by any non-Orthodox rabbis, for that matter – are not recognized as valid by the state.
According to various surveys, about 3-4 percent of Israeli Jews identify as Reform, and although it’s still small, their numbers have been growing in recent decades.
Yehoram, 68, likes to remind those frustrated by attitudes toward non-Orthodox Judaism in Israel today how radically things have changed nonetheless.