Conservative Judaism: How the Middle Became a Movement

The First Hundred Years of Conservative Judaism.

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The whole question of traditionalism has recently exercised Conservative Rabbis in the USA. When the Jewish Theological Seminary decided to train women for the rabbinate and when the Rabbinical Assembly accepted women rabbis as members [in the early 1980s], some rabbis and some teachers at the seminary formed themselves into the Union for Traditional Conservative Judaism.

Reprinted with permission from The Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by Oxford University Press.

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.