The leadership of Adath Israel Congregation in Toronto has voted to leave the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism immediately because it no longer represents their more conservative views, according to the Canadian Jewish News.
“We find the chasm between Conservative Judaism in the United States and Conservative Judaism here to be growing larger and wider,” Rabbi Steven Saltzman, the congregation’s spiritual leader, was quoted as saying.
Torahs from the Suffolk Jewish Center in Deer Park were marched and driven five miles to the Dix Hills Jewish Center under bright sunny skies Sunday as the two Long Island congregations celebrated their merger with singing, dancing and food.
As police and fire trucks led the way and a klezmer band played, Dr. Martin Feller, a founder of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, recalled a similar march 30 years ago when he and fellow congregants carried Torahs from their rented house to their then-new home at Vanderbilt Parkway and DeForest Road.
A survey of Conservative clergy released last week found that more than 80 percent eat warmed fish in non-kosher restaurants, prompting the chairman of the movement’s rabbinic kosher subcommittee to begin writing a legal opinion that will likely restrict what Conservative Jews may or may not eat in non-kosher restaurants.
As widely expected, a large majority of Conservative rabbis, cantors, professionals and lay leaders support gays and lesbians becoming rabbis and cantors, although about half have their doubts as to whether it is compatible with Jewish law. And a majority of professional and lay leaders admitted to being “confused” and “somewhat embarrassed” by a rabbinic law committee’s decision in December to both accept and reject gay ordination.
As a rabbinical committee of the Conservative movement prepares to decide next month whether gays and lesbians should be admitted to the rabbinical school, the school's incoming chancellor confessed to having some concerns.
"It's a very important matter but I don't want it to divide us," Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Jewish Theological Seminary, told more than 400 people at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, L.I., Tuesday night.
In his farewell address, the outgoing chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary delivered a scathing attack on his students for craving "instant gratification" rather than "dense and demanding discourse," and on his own Conservative movement for too easily permitting "fundamental changes."
A request for financial assistance from the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel has prompted the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to develop a major initiative that would encourage Conservative Jews to contribute to the movement's programs worldwide.
Rabbi Mordecai Waxman of Great Neck, L.I., a giant of Conservative Jewry and the only rabbi to be knighted by the Pope for his work in fostering Catholic-Jewish relations, was eulogized at his funeral Tuesday as the "rabbi of rabbis." Rabbi Waxman, surrounded by his family, died at his home Saturday at the age of 85 following a brief illness.
More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral at Temple Israel in Great Neck, where Rabbi Waxman served as spiritual leader for 55 years. He was slated to retire at the end of this month.
Rabbi Charles Savenor has been appointed executive director of the New York Metropolitan Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, effective in mid-July.
Rabbi Savenor, 39, is associate dean and director of admissions at the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and a former international president of United Synagogue Youth. He succeeds Bruce Greenfield, who was fired in March following allegations of financial improprieties at METNY.
A bottle of wine, a slice of cheese and a package of frozen vegetables are now at the center of a new federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of revised New York State kosher laws.
These foods and others, according to non-Orthodox standards, are inherently kosher and thus do not need a kosher seal. That was the belief of the two Commack, L.I., butchers who in 2000 successfully challenged the state’s century-old kosher laws. The new law, they believed, required only that they post a sign stating the name of their kosher supervisor.