Religion: Two Rabbis Rock the Boat

Like clergymen of other faiths, rabbis have been known to have differences with their congregations, but U.S. Jews generally conduct their debates in private. Recently, however, two Reform rabbis, one in an established Manhattan synagogue, the other in a posh Long Island suburb, clashed publicly with their congregants. Their stories:

"We've Frozen the Form"

For Philip Schechter, 37, trouble began in earnest on the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, last fall. He had been at Temple Shaaray Tefila on Manhattan's Upper East Side since May. Over the summer, with his beard already bushy, Schechter let his hair grow to shoulder...

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