Religion: Women Rabbis?

Conservatives move forward

By long tradition in Judaism, men dominated the synagogue. Customs have been changing, though, and the Reform branch of the religion ordained its first female rabbi in 1972. Now the middle-of-the-road Conservative branch seems to be moving toward the same decision. Last week, after long and hot debate, the annual convention of Conservative rabbis endorsed the ordination of women.

That would have been that, except for one detail. The certification of new Conservative rabbis is handled in the U.S. by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. The seminary faculty...

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