Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Conservative Judaism:Van Leer Conference


Burning issues threatening to split the Conservative Movement, such as the ordination of homosexual and lesbian rabbis, the sharp drop in the number of young members and the challenge of intermarriage will be raised this week during a two-day conference in Jerusalem's Van Leer Institute entitled "Conservative Judaism: Halacha, Culture and Sociology."

"This will be the first time that an institution not associated with the Conservative Movement will devote a scholarly conference to Conservative Judaism," said Professor Naftali Rothenberg, Jewish Culture and Identity Chair at Van Leer.

"And this is happening on the backdrop of a major crisis that the Conservative Movement is undergoing, in which members of the religious Right and Left in the movement are headed in opposite directions." [...]

1 comment :

  1. Because the Conservative movement knows it has become completely irrelevant, they are starting their own hashgochos and launching lawsuits to challenge the state kosher laws (recognizing orthodox standards) as a crude means of raising their profile.


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