Aviva Cohen
Darrell Friedman Institute

Three couples marry in Washington. In Israel, it would be illegal.

 In Personal Perspectives

All three were now legally wed, in the eyes of Jewish tradition and of the United States — a wedding that none of them could have in their native country.

“Israel is the only democracy that doesn’t give all Jews the freedom to marry,” marveled Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the head of the Reform movement, which is the largest Jewish denomination in the United States but is marginalized in Israel.

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