Reform Zionist chief Cayne dies

In 1987, she was elected president of the organization's Pacific-Southwest Region and in 1992, president of the national association.

The association — with 600 chapters worldwide — promotes Reform activities in Israel, where traditionally religious life has been controlled by Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, the executive director of ARZA, described Cayne in a eulogy as a woman who was truly devoted to her people.

"All those noble values constituting the essence of ARZA — love of Judaism and the Jewish people, passionate embrace of the state of Israel and determination to ensure its physical and spiritual prosperity, commitment to the principles of tolerance and mutual respect — all these converged in Marcia, creating a dynamic and passionate force for good," the rabbi said.