Conservative Movement

A Debate Full Of Beans


Turns out that Conservative Jews know beans — about tradition and change, that is.

The Conservative movement has OK'd kitniyot during Passover, but how many people are following suit?

04/26/2016 - 18:37

Turns out that Conservative Jews do know beans — about tradition and change, that is.

The movement’s December ruling permitting the eating of kitniyot (legumes including rice, corn and beans) on Passover was a prime discussion last week at many seder tables. Now the question is how many Conservative Jews are eating them.

Lively legumes: New seder staples for Ashkenazim?

Conservatives Betting On The Future

02/10/2016 - 09:29

The Conservative movement, once the great center of American Judaism, has fallen on hard times, as have many sectors of modern Judaism. In 1971, the Conservative movement was the largest denomination, with 41 percent of American Jews affiliating. Today, the movement is down to 18 percent of American Jews, less than that among Jews younger than 30.

Conservative Prayer Book Charting Fresh Course

For middle movement hoping to move the needle, new siddur and rebranding effort aim to reflect change.

02/10/2016 - 08:48
Staff Writer

At a time when many Jews are seeking new ways to express their spirituality, the Conservative movement has published a new siddur for Shabbat and festivals that offers fresh insights into the traditional text, revised Hebrew transliterations and revisions to make it both egalitarian and LGBT friendly.

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach: “Multiple entry points” for “full range of users.”

The Case For Conservative Rabbis Officiating At Intermarriages

Here's how to take the step with carefully considered standards and practices, instead of chaos.

12/22/2015 - 12:18
Special To The Jewish Week

I gave a sermon on intermarriage to my congregation in 1994. I did not do so again until this year. No rabbi is in favor of intermarriage, but there are few congregants in Conservative and Reform synagogues (and in many Modern and centrist Orthodox ones) that do not have someone in their family married to a non-Jew. Anything that might be said on this sensitive subject will inevitably touch a nerve and cause hurt, however unintentionally.

Steven Kane

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism Selling Its Real Estate

01/21/2015 - 19:00

The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is selling its New York office.

The organization announced Wednesday that it signed a contract last month to sell its two-floor condo in midtown Manhattan for $15.9 million. Proceeds from the sale of the Second Avenue property will go toward paying down its debt, renting new office space and establishing a foundation to fund ongoing programs, United Synagogue said.

USY Drops Ban On Interdating

12/28/2014 - 19:00

United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews.

Prominent Conservative Rabbi Considers Breaking Intermarriage Ban

12/18/2014 - 19:00

For a few days at least, Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz appeared ready to become the first prominent Conservative clergyman to break with the movement’s ironclad rule against rabbis performing intermarriages. But shortly after floating the idea to his congregants  at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., one of the nation’s largest Conservative synagogues, he reversed course.

Dermer Expresses ‘Deep Disappointment’ In U.S. Call On P.A. Unity

06/02/2014 - 20:00

WASHINGTON — In tough language rare for an Israeli diplomat in Washington, Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer said Israel was ‘deeply disappointed’ in the State Department’s decision to continue dealing with the Palestinian Authority now that it has Hamas support.

Write No Requiem For The Conservative Movement

To live as a Conservative Jew in America in the 21st century is a blessing, not a curse.

11/14/2013 - 19:00

In the forthcoming Winter issue of the Jewish Review of Books, a colleague and friend of many years, Rabbi Daniel Gordis, has written an article titled “Requiem for a Movement,” referring to the Conservative movement in the aftermath of the recently released Pew Report.  As one might imagine, the article has generated a great deal of “discussion” among my colleagues in the Conservative rabbinate.  I can only imagine that the lay leadership of our movement is similarly engaged.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

The Novel As Archive

Dara Horn delves into the nature of remembrance, and how it ‘affects our choices for the future,’ in ‘A Guide for the Perplexed.’
10/15/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

Dara Horn’s latest novel is propelled forward by ideas about preserving the past, over three different eras. “A Guide for the Perplexed” (Norton) is set in present-day California and Egypt, late-19th-century Cambridge and Cairo, and further back, in 12th-century Cairo. With great skill and originality, she layers stories of a software developer who invents a program called “Genizah” for recording a life, Solomon Schechter’s discovery of the Cairo Genizah, and the life of Moses Maimonides, or the Rambam.

Horn of plenty: Her new book travels from Cairo to California.
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