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  • 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 ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Berlin’s Jews Celebrate Rebirth As Germany’s Reichstag Reopens

    For most Germans, Monday was the day that the nation’s renovated Parliament building, the Reichstag, reopened as a gleaming, glass-domed symbol of democracy spun from the wreckage of Nazism. The Parliament held its first session Monday in the renovated Reichstag, marking the return of the nation’s capital to Berlin. But for the nation’s Jews, Monday… More ▸

  • The Challenge of Training Rabbis: Seminary Leaders Exchange Ideas

    In a quiet retreat center north of New York City, the leaders of non-Orthodox rabbinical seminaries around the world — and one which calls itself modern Orthodox — met recently for an unprecedented seminar. A group of 19 presidents, deans and senior faculty from Traditional, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform, Jewish Renewal and multi- denominational seminaries gathered… More ▸

  • Jewish Feminists Recall when the ‘earth Shook’

    It’s been 25 years since the passionate movements of the 1960s inspired 500 Jewish women to come together for the first national Jewish women’s conference. “The impact of the first conference was seismic. I mean, the earth shook,” said Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Pogrebin was one of about 85 women who met last week to mark… More ▸

  • A New Orthodox Dilemma: What to Call a Female ‘rabbi’

    Rabbanit. Morateinu. Poseket. Congregational intern. Torahnot. There’s a whole new vocabulary evolving in the Orthodox world. It’s springing up around the increasing number of Orthodox women who are serving in positions — as teachers of men and women and as interpreters of Jewish law — that even a few years ago would have seemed unlikely,… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Orthodox Women Learn That Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is power — and Orthodox women are applying the maxim to their lives in unprecedented numbers. Across the Orthodox world, women are turning to Judaism’s most sacred texts to understand for themselves the foundations of their faith. "It’s all over, like poppies pushing up in a winter field," said Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who is… More ▸