If we meet, you might ask directly why I won’t officiate your wedding. My hope would be to get to know you well enough to have a deeper conversation.
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.
If Jewish leaders really want to support interfaith families and help them stay connected to Judaism, they must match their rhetoric with action.
A range of viewpoints and backgrounds — religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, socio-political — strengthens us all
“When you create an opportunity for friendship, advocacy doesn’t need an argument. It’s just natural.”
Some rabbis argue that Jews should minimize criteria for conversion to counteract intermarriage.
There are gratifying signs of solidarity between Jews and Muslims that we haven’t seen in a while. Here are six examples:
Application essays mentioned ‘the times we live in’.
CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — Some 1,000 Jewish, Muslim and Christian Chicago residents came together in unity at a synagogue that was vandalized with swastikas four days earlier. The Wednesday event at the Chicago Loop Synagogue was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund and billed as “an interfaith…
At 1:30 p.m. on the day of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I huddled with my group of students from the University of Pennsylvania alongside thousands upon thousands of other protesters. Our group tried to find a route around the gridlock, to no avail, when a Muslim freshman realized that the time for afternoon prayer had arrived. Lacking any means to exit the throngs, the student knew that she would need to pray right at the corner of Independence and Third, in the middle of the jam-packed protest.