Conservative Judaism

JTS Struggles With $5.5 Million Deficit

04/29/2009
Staff Writer
With income down 25 percent, the Jewish Theological Seminary said it would fire 16 staff members, cut salaries of employees making more than $60,000 and not rehire non-tenured faculty. But that still leaves the institution with a $5.5 million projected deficit for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Conservatives Seek Long-Range Plan

03/24/2009
Staff Writer
A group of rabbis representing 25 Conservative synagogues has asked the leadership of the United Synagogue to agree to develop a long-range strategic plan for the movement’s future. “We have given them 30 days [to respond],” said Rabbi Michael Siegel of Chicago, the group’s chairman. “My sense is we’ll hear.” The request was made during a three hour meeting last Thursday at the headquarters here of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.

Wernick Promises Sweeping Change For United Synagogue

03/18/2009
Staff Writer
With the Conservative movement’s congregational arm under attack on two fronts, the group’s incoming executive stepped into the fray this week with bold promises for sweeping change. “One of the greatest frustrations is that the United Synagogue is not transparent or sufficiently responsive to the needs of the synagogue,” the executive, Rabbi Steven Wernick, told The Jewish Week. “I want to re-energize and re-engage the synagogues by creating priorities and an agenda of the United Synagogue and therefore also the movement.

Leading Conservative Rabbis Push Hard For More Input

03/11/2009
Staff Writer
The international president of the Conservative movement’s synagogue arm has agreed to meet with a group of influential rabbis, cantors and lay leaders pressing for swift and radical change.

Conservatives End Push To Convert Intermarrieds

07/08/2009
Staff Writer
At the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s biennial convention in 2005, its top professional drew a line in the sand: He told delegates that the movement could no longer be passive on the issue of conversions. “We must,” Rabbi Jerome Epstein said, “begin aggressively to encourage conversions” of non-Jewish spouses.

BREAKING NEWS: “Whistleblower” Claim: Financial Improprieties At United Synagogue

06/26/2009
Staff Writer
A former aide to the top professional at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism filed charges Monday of financial improprieties against her former boss, saying she was fired after reporting his actions.  

Welcome To The Re-Conservative Shul

06/10/2009
Staff Writer
When members of Congregation Bet Breira in Miami attended an evening study session on Shavuot last week, it marked the first time their Reform congregation practiced the custom.

Revitalizing United Synagogue

05/27/2009
Staff Writer
 Rabbi Charles Savenor, former dean of admissions at the Jewish Theological Seminary, last July assumed the position of executive director of the Metropolitan Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism representing 108 synagogues. In remarks March 18 to METNY’s synagogue leadership conference, Rabbi Savenor spoke of the need to revitalize the organization. He recently spoke with The Jewish Week. Q: Is the Conservative movement here dying?
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