Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met in New York City last night with leaders of America's three main Jewish denominations -- Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox -- and the Reform and Conservative leaders emphasized that they are disappointed that the Israeli government gives preferential treatment to Orthodox Jews, the Times of Israel website reports today (December 12, 2015).
Both Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union for Reform Judaism and Rabbi Steven Wernick of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism called on Israel to grant equal rights to non-Orthodox Jews on matters concerning marriage, divorce, conversion, and worship at the Western Wall.
In an incredible policy of discriminatory favoritism for Orthodox Judaism, the Israeli Rabbinate still does not recognize non-Orthodox conversions, does not allow Conservative or Reform rabbis to preside over funerals, and does not sanction weddings performed by non-Orthodox rabbis.
At last night's meeting, Rivlin offered warm talk to the Reform and Conservative leaders, but lacked any prospect of concrete changes in Israel. He did, however, agree that Israel must "show full respect and full sensitivity to all American Jews."