A Florida synagogue has voted to leave the Reconstructionism over the movement’s decision to allow rabbis to marry outside the Jewish faith.
Reconstructionists made history by accepting rabbis with non-Jewish partners. But not everyone is happy about the policy change — and members of one Florida synagogue want to quit the movement if it isn’t rolled back.
Despite decades of worry that American ‘children of intermarriage’ would be lost to the community, a large-scale study found that the story is more complicated, and more hopeful.
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.
Some argue that intermarried rabbis are unacceptable because they’re not modeling ideal Jewish behavior. But Ben Bernstein says that many rabbinical students today aren’t out to be role models at all.
Rather than hurting Judaism, seeing rabbis who intermarry create Jewish homes and raise Jewish children should convincingly illustrate how intermarriage does not inhibit Jewish involvement.
Reconstructionists have decided to permit intermarried rabbis. Jane Eisner says this dramatic change risks diminishing our religious leadership at a time when we need it the most.
EDITORIAL: After the Supreme Court gave LGBT people the right to marry, Jane Eisner says it’s high time for liberals and conservatives to unite behind a pro-marriage agenda — for straight people, too.
The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students.