In June 1999, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the organization of Reform rabbis) will convene in Pittsburgh, PA and consider the adoption of a new statement--the "Ten Principles for Reform Judaism"--drafted by CCAR President Rabbi Richard Levy in consultation with the Executive Board and the membership of the Conference. In a radical departure from the Reform movement's earlier platforms (The Pittsburgh Platform, The Columbus Platform, Reform Judaism--A Centenary Perspective), these guidelines call for Reform Jews to reclaim some traditional Jewish practices rejected by our Reform predecessors and to embrace new pathways to holiness and social justice.
In the Winter 1998 Reform Judaism magazine cover story, "Is It Time To Chart a New Course for Reform Judaism?" Rabbi Richard Levy discusses his rationale for proposing a new Pittsburgh Platform for our times and presents a draft of the "Ten Principles," which has been submitted to all CCAR members for their comments. This is a work in progress; further drafts will be written and reviewed before the Pittsburgh convention. The interview is followed by a rebuttal by Reform Rabbi Robert Seltzer entitled "This is Not the Way." Seltzer contends that "we must guard against the pitfalls of turning Reform Judaism into Conservative Judaism Lite."
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