Thursday, December 07, 2006

Conservative Jews Allow Gay Rabbis and Unions

This is such an exciting victory for the progressive Jews who have been fighting for the ordination of gay and lesbian rabbis, and the celebration of Jewish queer unions. I am proud to say that my Uncle, Rabbi Lawrence Troster, was heavily involved in the fight to ordain women in the 1970s, and his daughter Rachel Kahn Troster (now a rabbinical student) has been involved in the fight to embrace gay and lesbian rights within Conservative Judaism.

This totally flies in the face of right-wing fundamentalists that want to paint all religious groups with the same homophobic brush. Just FYI, "Conservative Judaism is considered the centrist movement in Judaism, wedged between the liberal Reform and Reconstructionist movements, which have accepted an openly gay clergy for more than 10 years, and the more traditional Orthodox, which rejects it."

1 comment:

Queer As Moi said...

Wow, that's awesome. Unfortunately the Conservative movement in Canada is still lagging behind... it has not yet ordained a female rabbi unless I'm terribly misinformed. Rachel stated she wanted to be ordained in the States because she didn't want to have to be "the first".