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January 29, 2016  RSS feed
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Sarasota shul leaves Reconstructionism over acceptance of intermarried rabbis

(JTA) – Members of Kol Hanesha synagogue in Sarasota is ending its affiliation with the Reconstructionist movement in protest of the movement’s recent decision to allow intermarried rabbis, the Forward reported Jan. 20.

An unnamed synagogue member told the Forward that in addition to disagreeing on intermarried rabbis, some in the congregation were upset a number of Reconstructionist rabbis are involved in Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel.

Earlier this month, seven rabbis quit the Reconstructionist movement because of the intermarriage policy announced in September. Reconstructionist leaders say that at least four rabbis from other streams of Judaism joined the movement as a result of the new policy. The Reform and Conservative movements will not ordain Jews who are dating or married to gentiles.


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