Oy, I can't wait....
This is very good news.
A key Conservative Jewish leader is traveling the United States to prepare synagogues for a potentially divisive change: The movement will roll back its ban on ordaining openly gay rabbis by year's end, he predicts, with confusion and discomfort to follow.My sister sent me a very nice speech from her Rabbi in Boston with his rationale on why he welcomes gay members to his congregation and why he must support same-sex marriage.
Rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive vice-president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, says a committee of scholars who interpret Jewish law for the movement will likely loosen the prohibition when they vote in December.
At the same time, Epstein expects the scholars will endorse a policy aiming to keep more traditional congregations within the fold. The panel will effectively allow synagogues that believe that Jewish law bars same-sex relationships to hire only heterosexual rabbis.