Ordaining Gays and Lesbians: Denominational Approaches

Among each of the movements, admitting gay and lesbian students has been a cause of debate, concern...and learning.

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Rabbi Greenberg, a graduate of Yeshiva University's rabbinical school and generally considered the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, has worked intensively to raise the visibility of gay Orthodox Jews. However, the Orthodox community generally remains opposed to gay ordination and no Orthodox rabbinical institution currently admits openly gay students.

Non-Affiliated Rabbinical Seminaries

It is worth noting that The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, a major transdenominational rabbinical program, was the first seminary to maintain an open admissions policy from its inception. Founded in 2003, its admissions policy states that "The Rabbinical School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation." At least one openly gay student was admitted in the first class of students in 2003 and then ordained in 2008.

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Elizabeth Richman

Elizabeth Richman is a rabbinical student at JTS.