The Jewish Theological Seminary affirms that the study of Torah, the sacred wisdom of our people, and the performance of mitzvot, Judaism’s sanctified pattern of religious practice, stand at the very core of Jewish identity. Torah and mitzvot have always been the foundation of the Jewish people’s covenant with God, guiding and sustaining us for three millennia in nearly every corner of the globe. They remain so today. Individuals from other backgrounds are warmly invited to join the covenant through conversion. There is also much that Jews can and must do to signal our respect and welcome for non-Jews in our community, whether or not they choose to become Jewish. What we must not do is to abandon the core beliefs and practices which are the very foundation of Jewish life.
Arguments made by a Conservative Jewish leader defending the current ban on performing intermarriages only confirmed that it will soon be overturned.
Rabbi Lau-Lavie’s intermarriage proposal is “too little, too late.” It does not meet the reality test. It addresses a fictional construct.
Judaism is not a matter of obligation but a legacy of moral wisdom from whose teachings we may pick and choose.
A range of viewpoints and backgrounds — religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, socio-political — strengthens us all
LGBTQ rabbis are pressing the Conservative movement to overturn its anal sex ban and make changes in other areas, too, like Talmud study.
Activists held a protest on Monday outside the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan against the contractor that the rabbinical school hired to manage a massive construction project on campus.
Some American Jews may now find themselves in a largely unprecedented predicament: that of praying against their own government.
(JTA) — Responding to a rising number of interfaith families, Conservative synagogues will be voting on a measure from their umbrella body that would allow congregations to admit non-Jews as members. Currently, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Standards for Congregational Practice restrict synagogue membership to Jews. But the new language, which congregations will vote on in March,…
During the turmoil of the election campaign, the death of Jacob Neusner, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the past century, received relatively little attention.