Conservative Jew leader is for gay rabbis

April 12, 2006 at 12:47 PM
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NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- The next head of conservative Judaism in the United States said he thinks "it's time" to begin ordaining gay and lesbian rabbis.

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, incoming chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of Conservative Judaism in America, said his views aren't based on Jewish law but by "knowing gay and lesbian people, friends, students, coworkers."

Ha'aretz reports Eisen replaces the anti-gay Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, who retires this July.

A committee that reviews Jewish law, Va'ad Halakha, will have a special session on the issue in December.

Eisen has said he wants the body to accept the change to official Jewish law to further signify the evolution of Judaism.

He told Ha'aretz, "Judaism has always adapted itself to changing circumstances. Not every change is good, but this is one in which I think it's time."

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