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    Conservative women rabbis have “transformed the Jewish world,” one of the rabbis’ leading supporters said at a gathering celebrating their contributions. Francine Klagsbrun, a writer and member of a commission that pushed during the 1980s for ordaining Conservative women rabbis, spoke Sunday at a two-day, all-women gathering in New York. More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: High-profile Cases Refocus Attention on Sexual Misconduct

    For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movement’s most prominent rabbis was suspended from the movement’s rabbinical association for past sexual misconduct. Shortly after his suspension from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, widely respected as… More ▸

  • Book Depicts Jewish Moms As Resilient, Compassionate

    Hear the one about the Jewish mother whose goal was to marry off her daughter to a rich doctor? Lloyd Wolf and Paula Wolfson did too, and the punch lines of such denigrating Jewish jokes ultimately became their impetus to create, “Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion,” a coffee table picture book aimed at countering the… More ▸

  • Reform Put Kosher Stamp on Same-sex Ceremonies

    Modification or compromise? Whatever you want to call it, the Reform rabbis’ final decision on Jewish same-sex commitment ceremonies is being touted as “groundbreaking” and a major step forward for gay and lesbian Jews. After years of often heated debate on gay marriage, Reform rabbis overwhelmingly passed a resolution Wednesday affirming that “the relationship of… More ▸

  • Reform Rabbis Considering Compromise on Gay Marriages

    For over a month, Reform leaders have been predicting that a resolution affirming rabbinic officiation at gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies is almost certain to pass at the movement’s annual rabbinic convention next week in Greensboro, N.C. But 11th-hour negotiations this week could lead to a compromise version, one that makes clear the lack of… More ▸

  • Reform Rabbis Poised to Endorse Gay Marriages

    American Reform rabbis are poised to take pivotal action next month on the question of gay and lesbian Jewish marriage — one of the most divisive issues to be addressed by their professional organization in recent years. A resolution to endorse rabbinic officiation at what are often called commitment ceremonies is expected to pass after… More ▸