Central Conference of American Rabbis

Welcome To Our World: The Rabbinate Rejects Orthodox Jews, Too


It was inevitable. Once they came after Reform, Conservative and other progressive Jews, it was only a matter of time until the Chief Rabbinate turned on other Orthodox Jews.

Rabbi Steven A. Fox

Survey: Women Earn Far Less Than Men As Reform Rabbis


Reform women rabbis make as much as $43,000 less than male rabbis, according to data compiled by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. 

“The results were troubling but not surprising,” said Rabbi Steven Fox, chief executive of the CCAR. “We knew anecdotally that there was a difference but we certainly didn’t know how much.”

Rabbi Sally Preisand: "We are fighting today for some of the same kind of issues I fought for 40 years ago."

Sneak Peek: My Page 1 Article/Column On Co-Officiation (And Chelsea, Of Course)

A ketubah behind them, the bride and groom stood under a chupah with a rabbi, listened to friends recite the Sheva Brachot — and at the end of the ceremony, the tallit-wearing groom stepped on a glass.

But Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s long-awaited wedding Saturday night was not your average Jewish ceremony.

That’s not just because the parents held aloft on chairs at the reception included a former U.S. president, the current U.S. secretary of state and two former members of Congress.

And it wasn’t only because the ceremony occurred before Shabbat’s end. It was also because Rabbi James Ponet (pronounced Po-NET), Hebrew Union College-ordained and the longtime director of Yale University’s Slifka Center for Jewish Life, co-officiated alongside Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister.

Even as the number of liberal rabbis willing to preside at weddings of Jews to gentiles appears to be growing, co-officiation with clergy of another faith, while hardly unheard of, remains taboo.

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