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Groups petition Israeli High Court for expanded Western Wall egalitarian prayer section
The Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, and the Women of the Wall prayer rights group brought a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice.
Conservative movement severs ties with former youth director over alleged sexual abuse
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has severed ties with the longtime director of United Synagogue Youth (USY) after receiving “multiple testimonies” that corroborated an allegation of sexual abuse. Allegations about Jules Gutin, who in 2011 completed his tenure as international director of USY and since 2012 had conducted tours of Poland for the Conservative movement’s youth arm, first came to light through a Facebook post by a man who claimed that someone who worked with thousands of teens had abused him in the 1980s. JNS communicated with that man as well as several others who alleged that they were underage victims of unwanted sexual touch by Gutin during the same decade.