Conservative Rabbis

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

Conservative Rabbis Open To Performing Intermarriages?

Big Tent Judaism email survey slighted by movement leader.

10/27/2015 - 20:00

A survey of 249 Conservative rabbis finds that almost half have defied the movement’s ban on attending interfaith weddings and that 40 percent would officiate at such weddings if the movement permitted them to do so.

The Many Israelis In The Middle

07/08/2015 - 20:00

We all know that Israeli society is deeply polarized, with religious fanatics combating secular extremists.  We all know that Orthodox rabbis dismiss Reform and Conservative rabbis, as most Israelis reject Judaism out of disgust for this Orthodox zealotry. We all know that the openness, tolerance, pluralism, and broad religious spectrum characterizing American Judaism is sadly lacking in Israel’s narrow, intolerant, all-or-nothing Judaism. Or do we….

Israel Prize-Winner Disparages Liberal Rabbis

In wake of Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative rabbis, Rabbi Chaim Druckman gives them the back of his hand. Exclusive Jewish Week interview.
06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Chaim Druckman, this year’s winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the country’s highest honor, raised some eyebrows this week with his dismissal of the Israeli government’s decision last week to, for the first time, recognize Conservative and Reform rabbis.

The move, by Israel’s attorney general, not only recognizes them as rabbis but also pays 16 of them who work in rural settings.

Rabbi Chaim Druckman says non-Orthodox clergy “are not rabbis ... and the state realizes they are not rabbis.”

Are Rabbis Giving Up on Israel? A Provocative New Study

The Conservative movement recently conducted a survey of hundreds of its rabbis and the results are in: on the whole, they're as committed to Israel as they've ever been, although younger rabbis have more liberal views about the state than they've used to.  The purpose behind this survey is clear: to assure anxious Jewish leaders that, contra the skeptics, Israel remains as vital a part of Jewish life as ever.

JTS Women Grads Struggling For Pulpits

After some improvement in recent years, gender bias charge resurfaces this year from seminarians.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When she began looking for jobs in February, Gail Schwartz knew she had the skills to be a pulpit rabbi. After all, she had served as an assistant rabbi at several synagogues while studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

But after interviewing with 11 Conservative synagogues that were looking for both solo and assistant rabbis, and getting only one callback, Schwartz (not her real name) was stunned.

“It was confusing because I had demonstrated an ability to handle the job,” she said.

Francine Green Roston says she faced sexual harassment as assistant rabbi of a large suburban congregation.

Conservative Rabbis Look Down The Road

At Rabbinical Assembly, it’s not about the organization, but the future.
03/28/2011 - 20:00

Las Vegas — Listening to Conservative rabbis talk about their movement is like witnessing an intervention.

They talk of “saving” Conservative Judaism — and sometimes they blame the parents when things go wrong.

Rabbi Howard Hoffman, left, and Rabbi Arthur Rulnick.
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