Sandra Lawson didn’t expect to perform a public benediction at her local pub in this city’s Roxborough neighborhood.
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.
In the long communal discussion over how to relate to Jews who marry non-Jews, those in the “be welcoming” camp won a major battle this year, thanks in large part to Rabbi Deborah Waxman.
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.
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.
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has announced that it will accept students with non-Jewish partners. Now, the Catholic mother of a soon-to-be rabbi asks: Will the Reform movement be next?
Reconstructionist congregations say they’re ready for their movement’s seminary to become the first rabbinical school to accept students with non-Jewish partners, yet the fallout from the expected change could still fracture the troubled denomination.
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has released what may be the quirkiest annual report in the mundane history of annual reports.
Rabbi Nina Mandel of Pennsylvania has been appointed the new president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
Reconstructionist Judaism launched a dramatic effort to save the movement through a reorganization of its key institutions. Now, it is suddenly leaderless.