United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

New Round Of Layoffs At United Synagogue

Four executives fired in latest belt-tightening at Conservative congregational arm.

02/03/2015
Staff Writer

In the latest belt-tightening move made by a financially strapped Conservative movement, the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism last week laid off four executives, among them some high-level USCJ employees.

Rabbi Steven Wernick: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is making cuts to concentrate on its “core functions.”

United Synagogue Selling Its N.Y. Real Estate

01/27/2015

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.

Rabbi Steven Wernick said his organization will invest the proceeds of the sale. Courtesy of United Synagogue

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism Selling Its Real Estate

01/22/2015

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

12/29/2014

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

The Remaking Of Conservative Judaism

Rabbi’s coming-out highlights dramatic shift
in the middle movement and its flagship seminary here.

10/15/2014

Gil Steinlauf, a nationally prominent Conservative rabbi, made headlines this month when he announced to his large Washington, D.C., synagogue that he is gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years would divorce. As surprised as his congregants at Adas Israel may have been by the news, it was Rabbi Steinlauf, the congregation’s senior rabbi, who found himself stunned by the response to it.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf is now at the vanguard of the Conservative movement’s increasing acceptance of homosexuality.

Schechter Schools Considering Embracing Patrilineal Descent

11/25/2013

Synagogues aren’t the only institutions in the Conservative movement changing their policies to become more welcoming to non-Jews and interfaith families.

A L’Chaim To Conservative Judaism

JTS chancellor: ‘Complacency’ and ‘despair’ … ‘are forbidden;' ‘both are distractions from the task at hand.’

11/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life as a scholar of American Judaism, with a special focus on figures at the center of Conservative Judaism, and I’ve spent most of those years enjoying the benefits of Conservative Jewish institutions, conversations and communities.

Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen

The Centennial Fire Is Catching On

10/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

The Red Sox were on the precipice of a sweep of the 2004 World Series, and all the TV commentators could focus on during in Game 4 was when their team would blow it. After Boston won that night, fans complained that the media ignored the excitement and action on the field because of their predetermined story frame. What the media also failed to notice was the bigger picture — in that game, the Red Sox established a strong organization that was built to compete for the foreseeable future.

Rabbi Charles Savenor

Pluralism In Prayer

10/18/2013

In advance of last week’s Biennial Convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in Baltimore, I attended a pre-convention Shabbaton- a kind of optional add-on for those who were inclined.  (My wife had intended to come, but sadly, Amtrakhad other plans).  As President of the Rabbinical Assembly, I thought it was an important opportunity to “reach across the aisle,” if you will, and spend Shabbat with my friends and colleagues in the synagogue arm of the Conservative movement.

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

Is United Synagogue’s House ‘On Fire?’

Middle movement grapples with a way forward at centennial convention.

10/16/2013
Staff Writer

Baltimore — United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was marking its 100th birthday, but while recent survey findings about the movement were sobering, the spirit of the convention itself, dubbed “The Conversation of the Century,” was upbeat in focusing more on the future than the past.

United Synagogue CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick: Warns against remaining "a narrow denominatiion." Mike Diamond Photography
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