Israel to Put More Liberal Rabbis on State Payroll

The World

Rabbi of the State Miri Gold of Kibbutz Gezer in central Israel was only the third woman to be ordained a rabbi in Israel. Now, she is set to become one of the first rabbis from the Reform stream of Judaism to receive a salary from the Israeli government.

In Israel, there is no separation between synagogue and state. Orthodox rabbis are funded by the Israeli government, while rabbis from the Reform and Conservative movements are not. That is expected to change, as Israel says it will put non-Orthodox rabbis on the state payroll.