Sunday, May 29, 2011

Conservative Judaism Ordains First Openly Gay Rabbi

    On May 19th the Conservative movements Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City ordained the denominations first ever openly gay rabbi. The JTA reports that,

Rachel Isaacs, 28, was ordained at JTS on May 19. She told the Forward that she began her rabbinical training at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, but switched to the Conservative seminary after it began admitting openly gay and lesbian students in 2007. 
 
Other gay and lesbian rabbis have been ordained by JTS, but they kept their sexual preference under wraps to avoid expulsion. In recent years, some gay and lesbian students say their sexual identity was known to other students and faculty, but could not be openly acknowledged until the college officially changed its policy.
 
Following a 2006 decision by the Conservative movement's Law Committee to accept gay rabbis, JTS and the American Jewish University in Los Angeles began admitting openly gay students. The movement's Israeli seminary does not.
    This is just another reason why I am glad to belong to this movement. At our local synagogue, my husband and I have felt more than welcome and have been accepted into the community regardless of our sexual orientation. Though Conservative Judaism does not yet perform same-sex marriages in those jurisdictions where it is legal, I think that it is only a matter of time before the Conservative movement opens its doors to this as well.

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  1. Cross-posted link to this blog on LezGetReal under their post of.
    "Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Groups Issue Joint Anti-Marriage Statement"
    http://tinyurl.com/3k9x9en

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