UJ Accepts Gay Rabbinical Students

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As expected, the University of Judaism made the first practical move toward integrating the Conservative movement’s new responsum on homosexuality:

Two gay applicants — one man, one woman — have been accepted for the fall by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. The move reflects the school’s longstanding position that it would immediately begin considering gay candidates once the movement’s top lawmaking body — the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards — sanctioned gay and lesbian clergy. (MORE)

Posted on March 8, 2007

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2 thoughts on “UJ Accepts Gay Rabbinical Students

  1. The Doctor

    The seminaries have been accepting gay students for years, they just didn’t know it [or acknowledge it]. I suspect that the press relates more to the publicity value that this is happening and that these people were in line for these admissions or posts anyway but now can’t be categorically excluded; I would prefer not to assume that these are “tokens.”

  2. Joshua Gershman

    It seems to be that “gay” is the new black. Organizations seem to be going out of their way to do something proactive about homosexuality. The Conservative movement’s decision was certainly a monumental one, but why is it news that a gay man and a woman want to continue their religious and spiritual education? Also, as I’m writing this I’m watching the JTA ticker tell me that the Reconstructionist movement “tapped” a lesbian woman to lead their Rabbinical Association. Will this woman be the “Show-Gay” of their organization? Or was she appointed to this post because she was the most qualified, and also happens to be gay?


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