Peter Kohn, Temple Beth Israel member and senior journalist at the Australian Jewish News, will be writing quarterly reports on Kehilat Shanghai. Kohn's family lived in Shanghai during World War II, and he has written two novels about the Shanghai Jewish community.
An article was published on j-Wire by Professor Bill Rubinstein, pointing out the "consequences which may result from the sharp move to the political left by the Progressive movement and Masorti" and predicting with his "crystal ball" that these liberal views, as well as acceptance of same-sex marriage, will lead to an exodus of many members from Progressive congregations. Click here to read the full article. And click on the following links to read responses from Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins and Rabbi Nicole Roberts.
Rabbi David Kunin, with his wife Shelley and Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, under the auspices of the UPJ, has assisted Indonesia's emerging Progressive community over the past number of years. Earlier this month, Rabbi Kunin brought two Sifrei Torah to Tokyo (donated by congregations in Edmonton, Canada and Newcastle, Pennsylvania) and will deliver them to Indonesia next month. Click here to read Rabbi Kunin's blog, "Bringing the Light to Torah to the ends of the Earth".
Yasher koach to the World Union for Progressive Judaism for developing an app to assist in finding Progressive communities worldwide. Click here to download the app.