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  • Conservative Leader Says Movement is Bridging Secular, Modern Worlds

    The oil painting adorning the wall of Dr. Ismar Schorsch’s office serves as an apt metaphor for the mission of Conservative Judaism, which the Jewish Theological Seminary chancellor plays a major role in shaping. Painted in 1910 by the Polish artist Mauricy Minkofsky, the painting depicts a grouping of rabbis and “yeshiva bochers” deep in… More ▸

  • Cantors Assembly Votes 97-95 to Reject Women As Members

    In a historic decision, the Conservative movement’s Cantors Assembly voted Tuesday to reject a move to admit qualified women members. The vote was 97-95 against admitting women awarded the degree of hazzan (cantor) by the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Cantors Institute into the ranks of the world’s largest professional body of cantors. A two-thirds vote was… More ▸

  • First Soviet-Born Jew Ordained As a Conservative Rabbi at JTS

    Leonid Feldman used to teach Soviet children scientific atheism, a required course which ridiculed religion and belief in a God. Last Thursday, he became the first Soviet-born Jew ordained a Conservative rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS). "Today is a victory celebration for a 4,000 year old tradition. The Soviet Union is… More ▸

  • Nine Ontario Conservative Cantors Protest Investiture of Women

    A group of Conservative cantors here has angrily protested the recent decision by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York to ordain women as cantors in the Conservative movement. The protest was organized by the Rev. Eliezer Kirshblum of Adath Israel Congregation here, who is chairman of the Cantors Assembly for the Ontario region. Joined… More ▸

  • Conservative Cantors Told to Prepare for Women Colleagues

    Cantors attending the annual convention of the Cantors Assembly, the association of Conservative cantors, were urged to prepare for changes in the Conservative movement which would give an equal role to women as rabbis and cantors. “Let us not fight these signs of growth in our movement,” said Cantor Ivan Perlman of Providence, R.I., who… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Women in the Conservative Rabbinate

    Members of the Rabbinical Assembly will decide at their 97th annual convention Jan. 28-Feb. I to be held in Los Angeles whether or not women are to become spiritual leaders within the Conservative movement. Their momentous decision will be based on recommendations made by the Commission for the Study of the Ordination of Women as… More ▸

  • More Lay Involvement in Reform Synagogues Urged for Viability

    Reform congregational leaders have been told that greater involvement of lay people in all elements of the synagogue’s services and programs could assure their future viability and benefit both Israel and American Jewish life. Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, also told 600 representatives of the UAHC’s New York… More ▸