A new Reform synagogue in the city of Netanya was dedicated on the Sabbath, a day on which creative labor is prohibited according to traditional Jewish beliefs. The event was the culmination of a lengthy legal battle by the Reform movement and supporters, which ended with the city giving the movement use of a local building.
Reform leader Gilad Kariv said the goal was to create a "new Judaism" and not a single house of prayer. "Our effort isn't just to build 'little Temples' for moments of spiritual calm," he said. Each new Reform or Conservative synagogue or pluralistic yeshiva is "another brick in creating a Judaism that is Israeli, tolerant, equal, humanistic and democratic," he said.