Conservative Judaism known as Masorti Judaism outside North America is a Jewish religious movement that regards the authority of Jewish law and tradition as emanating primarily from the assent of the people and the community through the generations, more than from divine revelation. It therefore views Jewish law, or halakha , as both binding and subject to historical development. The Conservative rabbinate employs modern historical-critical research, rather than only traditional methods and sources, and lends great weight to its constituency when determining its stance on matters of practice. The movement considers its approach as the authentic and most appropriate continuation of halakhic discourse, maintaining both fealty to received forms and flexibility in their interpretation. It also eschews strict theological definitions, lacking a consensus in matters of faith and allowing great pluralism. While regarding itself as the heir of Rabbi Zecharias Frankel ‘s 19th-century Positive-Historical School in Europe, Conservative Judaism fully institutionalized only in the United States during the midth century.
As Rabbi Steven Wernick presided over his first United Synagogue Conservative Judaism biennial, held earlier this month, there was a sense of an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the history and future of Conservative Judaism. As a young rabbi who believes in the idea of religious movements, I note that Conservative Judaism is a grass-roots coalition that has lost two of its primary organizing principles: one was that Conservative Judaism and Conservative synagogues serve the need for Eastern European Jewish immigrants to become Americanized while holding on to their religious roots.
The other is the recognition that the scholastic trend to study ancient and medieval Jewish texts scientifically, known as Wissenschaft des Judentums, has not yielded a sufficiently sacred orientation for Jewish life. Jews in my generation, that is, Jews whose great-grandparents or grandparents came to this country looking for the promise of the American dream and needed a connection to what was familiar, are no longer motivated by the same sorts of organizing principles that our ancestors were.
For generations Conservative synagogues thrived on the complicity that Jews will, more or less, seek out a synagogue when they move to a town, and that they will join that synagogue and continue to give to that synagogue because that is what Jews simply do. Today, younger Jews see affiliation as a choice among competing choices for their time and money.
While some students of Reconstructionist Judaism date the founding of the movement to the organization of the SAJ, others argue that the movement followed.
The Conservative Movement in America began with the creation of a rabbinical school in with an enrollment of ten students. That school, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was just the beginning. Since then, it has flourished to include seminaries on the east and west coasts of the United States, Israel, and Argentina; professional organizations representing lay and clergy; organizations for men and women; a synagogue arm representing almost congregations in North America; schools, institutions, and congregations in Israel, Europe, Latin America, the FSU, Australia, Africa, and Asia; synagogue schools and day schools; youth programs; college outreach; and summer camps.
At home in both tradition and modernity, Conservative Judaism strives in everything to express and communicate a deep commitment to the values, concepts, and rituals of our tradition. It is equally committed to the values of individual conscience, democracy, equal rights and protection for all humanity, and other hallmarks of Western culture to enrich and deepen our lives as practicing Jews. That tradition not only belongs in the synagogue and the home, but in business or the public marketplace of ideas.
Conservative Judaism seeks to integrate the best of tradition with the best of modernity. Conservative Judaism does this because we believe that integrating the Jewish tradition with our own contemporary culture is the best way to create a vibrant and meaningful form of Judaism for ourselves and our descendants. Conservative Judaism meets these challenges through its institutions — synagogues, schools on all levels, camps, and its local, regional, and national organizational structures — and through the many religious, educational, social, social action, and Zionist activities these institutions foster.
Through these organizations and activities it seeks to enable multiple points of entry to every Jew on all levels of Judaism — spiritual, rational, familial, communal, cultural, aesthetic, interfaith, political, Zionist, and in many other ways across the life span… In doing so, it espouses a sincere pluralism, with understanding and appreciation for the multiple ways that Jews express their Jewish commitments and contribute to the Jewish community and civilization.
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In late June, 19 rabbis gathered in New York City for an urgent meeting. Since the s, the Conservative movement has banned its rabbis from officiating or even attending wedding ceremonies between Jews and non-Jews. The denomination is more traditional than the Reform and Reconstructionist movements, which both allow their rabbis to decide the intermarriage question for themselves. But over time, Conservative Judaism has also been more willing to make concessions to modern life than Orthodoxy, leaving it distinctly vulnerable to challenges from within on one of its most sensitive policies.
Whether Jews should only date and marry other Jews is not a new question, but it’s one that has come into stark relief in recent weeks.
One Friday night at synagogue, as services were ending, I could feel someone watching me. I turned around and found myself lost in the baby-blue eyes of a good-looking guy sitting a few rows behind me. He made his way over and we exchanged basic information like names, occupations, and how soon we could have dinner together. But once we started dating, he stopped attending services, even though he knew I was there every week. Imagine my surprise when, after we broke up, I saw him back at shul the next few Friday nights in a row.
Plenty of couples who start out with different levels of observance meet, fall in love, and somehow learn to compromise. But what kind of Jews do we want to date? Can a Conservative, synagogue-every-Shabbat girl find happiness with a Reform, only-on-High-Holidays boy? Could Kosher Keith and cheeseburger-eating Cheryl be a shidduch made in heaven, or are such star-crossed lovers doomed to a sorrowful parting?
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You don’t have to be Jewish to find favor in G-d’s eyes; G-d gave only seven basic commandments to gentiles; Yiddish words for gentiles are goy, shiksa and.
We are at our best when in relationship to other human beings. Martin Buber went so far as to say that God is found in our relationships. We have an innate desire to be a part of a group — families, friends, professional associations, and congregations. Belonging is very important to us. It helps us define our sense of self, to figure out who we are by the associations we make. We are in synagogue today because we are Jews.
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United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring teenage board members from dating non-Jews. The change on dating policy reflects where most young Conservative Jews are when it comes to dating outside the faith. Some four in 10 Conservative Jews who have married since have married non-Jews, according to the Pew Research Center survey of U.
Conservative Judaism, religious movement that seeks to conserve essential elements of traditional Judaism but allows for the modernization of religious.
After the denial of emancipation to Central European Jewry by the Congress of Vienna , Jews found themselves frustrated in their desire to participate in the intellectual and political transformations of the day. Radical and moderate wings of Reform emerged as its leaders debated the extent of changes from Jewish tradition. Frankel called for “positive-historical Judaism.
The loyalties of generations of Jews to a particular practice, no less than a proof-text from an authoritative religious source, could sanctify that usage. Until destroyed by the Nazis in , this rabbinical school trained the institutional leaders and served as a scholarly center for “Historical Judaism” in Central Europe.
The principal development of Conservative Judaism took place in the United States. As in Germany, Conservative Judaism in the U. Developments within American Reform Judaism strained the alliance of moderates and radicals.
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While there are 1. Additionally, there are 40 Conservative officially affiliated Argentine synagogue communities, plus 20 others aligned with the values of the Movement. Conservative Judaism has dozens of Argentina Youth chapters with thousands of members and hundreds of staff. The Seminario Rabbinicio Latinamicano, one of the most important and relevant Jewish Institutions in Latin America, serves the entire region.
Religion is considered an inappropriate first date topic, unless you’re Jewish and then you can talk about God, bar mitzvahs, rabbis, and camp.
Her world was suddenly turned upside down in the late s while she was studying religion at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, and fell in love with a woman she met at a conference. This posed a problem: The Conservative rabbinical school she planned to attend did not ordain openly gay rabbis. Rather than abandoning her vocation, she opted instead to join the Jewish Reform movement — a liberal progressive denomination that accepts gay rabbis and gay marriage.
Nevertheless, overcoming prejudices can be an occupational hazard for a gay, female rabbi. Stephen Yaffe, a former president of her temple, who was on the search committee that hired Rabbi Grushcow in , recalled that some congregants initially expressed concern that she could prove polarizing. But he said Rabbi Grushcow had quickly convinced the doubters with her empathy, intellect and ability to connect with people.
The rabbi recalled that a stranger recently made an appointment to ask her to adjudicate a family inheritance dispute. At the end of the evening, she and her pregnant wife, Shelley, 39, a digital marketing specialist, were taken by surprise when they were called to the bimah, the platform where the Torah is read.
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Welcome To Rodef Shalom. We are a vibrant and family-friendly Conservative, egalitarian synagogue located in the heart of the Jewish community in Denver. We.
The clergy and staff are always available to meet your needs spiritually and emotionally. There are adult classes offered weekly. For families, we offer nursery school and Shabbat services. We are a vibrant and family-friendly Conservative, egalitarian synagogue located in the heart of the Jewish community in Denver. We are proud to be one of the oldest Conservative congregations in Denver.
In that spirit, we welcome all guests who would wish to join us. We’re proud to represent a cross-section of the Jewish population, from our founding senior members and older recent residents to families with children of all ages, single parents and their families, singles and couples with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and many young people seeking connection to the Jewish community.
The first American woman to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein — later contributed to her culture as a successful composer and musicologist, publishing the first Jewish songbook for children. She is shown here in the early s embarking on a trip with her family. Eilberg was the first woman rabbi ordained by the Conservative Movement. Women have played a pivotal role in Conservative Judaism throughout the twentieth century and have been instrumental on both the grass-roots and national levels in propelling the Conservative Movement to confront essential issues including Jewish education, gender equality and religious leadership.
Solomon Schechter, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary — , and his wife, Mathilde Schechter , were convinced of the indispensability of Jewish homemakers to the preservation of Judaism in the United States.
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Every person counts and everyone is welcome. Congregation Kol Ami is a congregation for all our people. We are a vibrant, inclusive, participatory, egalitarian synagogue that values the rich traditions of our heritage. We are a mix of Jews from many places and Jewish experiences, and our unique strength comes from our diverse backgrounds.
We affiliate with both the Conservative and Reform movements and offer a variety of religious services, educational experiences, and countless opportunities for gathering together and schmoozing. The Utah Jewish population numbers approximately 5,, with membership at Kol Ami at approximately family units, or roughly a quarter of the Jewish population of Utah. We do our best to serve every Jew in our midst.
In , Simon Bamberger became the first Jewish governor of the state of Utah. Louis Marcus became the first Jewish Mayor of Utah in We have a solid, positive relationship with our Mormon neighbors and a high level of mutual respect and appreciation. We offer a broad curriculum enabling students of all levels to engage in the wonder of Jewish learning.