Rabbis Condemn Reform and Conservative Movements for Dividing World Jewry

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing nearly 200 North American observant rabbis, today called upon the Reform and Conservative movements to “stop dividing the Jewish People” with what it termed a “disinformation campaign” regarding Israel’s Western Wall. The American liberal groups launched a billboard and poster campaign across Israel Thursday featuring the slogan “Free the Western Wall — Enough of Charedi Control!” Charedim, often called “ultra-Orthodox,” are only a minority of Israel’s traditional Jews.
According to the CJV, the American-funded posters disenfranchise all traditional Israeli Jews, including refugees from countries like Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, as well as Jews from ancient communities in Italy, Greece, India and elsewhere. None of these are considered “charedi” or “ultra-Orthodox,” yet all strictly observe the custom of dividing men and women during prayer.
“This is a disinformation campaign intended to calumny other Jews,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director of the CJV. “It doesn’t merely demonize the charedim, it insults all Jews who do not follow Reform’s lead in the abandonment of classical Jewish practice.”
According to the CJV, this is but one element of an international effort to misrepresent Israel’s commitment to democracy and religious freedom. In 2013 the Israeli government built a facility called “Ezrat Yisrael” to facilitate alternative prayers of all kinds at the Western Wall. The American movements claim this section as their own, yet have never filled it.
“On July 11, the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, Ezrat Yisrael stood entirely empty while the traditional section was filled to capacity,” said Rabbi Pesach Lerner, a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the CJV. “The American movements know that over 99.9% of Jewish prayers said in Israel accord with traditional practice. They are demanding an ‘equal’ space for political reasons, while falsely claiming that current facilities for their use are inadequate and discriminatory.”
Anat Hoffman, Director of Women of the Wall and the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, filmed a video on July 4 decrying Ezrat Yisrael as “a second-rate platform for second-rate Jews.” During the video, funded by the Reform movement in Israel, she stands only in a small section designed for people to approach and touch the Wall itself without disturbing the archaeological site beneath, while never showing the full expanse of Ezrat Yisrael.
“She and the Reform movement knowingly exploit the fact that most American Jews have not come to Israel to see the truth for themselves,” concluded Rabbi Menken. “They should stop this dishonest effort to divide the Jewish People. They should be ashamed.”
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), directed by prominent rabbinic leaders and representing nearly 200 rabbis across North America, articulates an authentic Jewish perspective on current events, and promotes Jewish values through writing and teaching derived from traditional Jewish thought.


  1. Anat Hoffman & Ann Coulter are made out of the same cloth.
    Their aim is publicity, vindictiveness and money.
    Their claim to high moral ground is deceitful & hypocritical.

  2. There is an easy solution to this issue: Bibi asks the reform and conservative movements to allow separate Orthodox minyanim to be conducted in every one of their shuls in the USA and have a cadre of frum volunteers show they’re ready to attend and it’s no bluff. In return for allowing this for an entire year and showing their dedication to inclusiveness at prayer sites, they can be allowed space at the kosel. They will never agree but in doing so they shut themselves down from their kosel claim.

  3. Stop the Reform and Conservative scams from calling themselves “Movements” or “Streams” of Judaism. They are not related to Judaism. Their practices are phony and made-up at their annual conventions. They don’t believe that the Torah was given to us by Hashem. These phony Idiots say that different men and women, over a period of time, wrote various parts of the Torah. Go ahead, ask a Reform leader if he believes that Hashem Authored and gave us his Torah. These apikorsim may speak eloquently but what they say is garbage. They’re just a bunch of liars and thieves who try to pass off as “Rabbis”. Nebech, their uneducated and naive followers, many who were born to a Jewish mother fall for their lies and think that what they’re practicing is Judaism when in fact it is not.

  4. Reform judaism is a horror story.

    I was raised in the “temple” and it was never a thought that it was wrong. 20 years later and hours of repentance and concerns for atonement, I have nothing but scared feelings about Reform (and conservative).

    The treif alec was anywhere. No person discussed kosher.

    The camp for the youth intermingled. Girls and guys were together. Much Torah was a concern violated and the nice advisors allowed men to sit with girls between their legs in the evenings.

    Still, it was nice to know the other kids. They are sometimes on my mind.

    Whatever you think about Reform, they are the enemy of our people. They discuss no Torah, have minor discussion of even holocaust at their youth level (well from my years at least). The kum-ba-ya is the whole gamut and no soul can even recite even a simple verse of Torah.

    They hate me now. I wear tzitzits.



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