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  • Special to the JTA the Fate of the Jewish People

    The multiplicity of denominations within the Jewish religion enhances Jewish options. But the recent trend toward polarization and increased interdenominational clashes within Judaism is jeopardizing the ideological pluralism in Jewish life. This condition was examined at a symposium last week presented by the faculty of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL). Addressing… More ▸

  • Leading Orthodox Rabbi Protests Scheduled Bar Mitzvah in Cracow

    A leading Orthodox rabbi today urged the Jewish community in Cracow, Poland, to prevent a scheduled Bar Mitzvah there because the ceremony is to be officiated by a Reform woman rabbi. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of North America, telegraphed Tzeslav Jakubowicz, head of the Cracow Jewish community, seeking to… More ▸

  • First Jewish Woman Chaplain Hails ‘invaluable’ Chance

    Student-rabbi Julie Schwartz, the first Jewish woman to be sworn into the United States armed forces as a military chaplain, has expressed the view that “it’s very exciting to see women rabbis move into all aspects of religious life.” Her comment was reported in the current issue of the “Chronicle,” the publication of the Hebrew… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi in Israel is Performing Congregational Duties

    The first woman rabbi in Israel — Kinneret Shirion — is performing congregational duties for the Reform movement’s Community Synagogue in Ramat Aviv, a Tel Aviv suburb, but she is doing so without recognition from the Orthodox rabbinical establishment, which is a government agency. The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism said that Shirion, 30 ,… More ▸

  • Falwell Apologizes to Rabbinic Group for Urging Christianization of America

    The Rev. Jerry Falwell, leader of the Moral Majority, last night apologized for calling for the Christianization of America. “We are wrong and we are sorry,” Falwell told more than 1,200 Conservative rabbis attending the annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly. “What more can I say.” Marc Tannenbaum, director of international relations for the American… More ▸

  • Rabbinical Assembly Admits First 2 Women Rabbis to Conservative Group

    The Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of Conservative rabbis, overwhelmingly voted for the first time to admit two women Reform rabbis yesterday. After rejecting the two candidates, both of whom received Reform ordination, two years in a row, the 85th annual meeting here of the 1,200-member Conservative rabbinical group accepted the applications of Rabbi Beverly… More ▸

  • Opponents to Ordination of Women As Rabbis Protest RA Announcement

    Opponents to the ordination of women as rabbis — both within and outside the Conservative movement — have come forward to protest the announcement last week by the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) that it had cleared the way for the acceptance of its first female member, Amy Eilberg, upon her graduation from the Jewish Theological Seminary… More ▸

  • RA Clears Way for Acceptance of Its First Woman Rabbi

    The Rabbinical Assembly (RA) — the international organization of Conservative rabbis — has cleared the way for the acceptance of its first female member. She is Amy Eilberg, 30, who is scheduled to be the first woman to graduate from the Rabbinical School of the (Conservative) Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and be ordained in May…. More ▸

  • Cohen Cites Torah As ‘authority’ for Ordination of Women Rabbis

    Dr. Gerson Cohen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, cited the Torah as his “authority” for ordaining women as Conservative rabbis. Addressing 2,000 delegates at the biennial national convention of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism here last week, Cohen cited the scholar Saadia, who taught that in every age, the Sanhedrin or… More ▸