Jewish School Admits Openly Gay Students

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LOS ANGELES — A West Coast seminary for Conservative Judaism has accepted its first openly gay and lesbian applicants since the movement decided to ease its ban on gay ordination.
The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, based at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, has admitted a gay man and a lesbian for the fall semester, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday. The Jewish Theological Seminary, the movement’s flagship school, is still debating its policy.
In December, a panel of scholars who interpret Jewish law for the movement voted to allow the seminaries to decide on their own whether to admit openly gay students.
But the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards left enough leeway to allow synagogues that consider same-sex relations contrary to Jewish law to bar gay clergy from their pulpits.
Conservative Judaism holds the middle ground in American Judaism. The larger and more liberal Reform Jewish branch, as well as the smaller Reconstructionist wing, allow gays to become rabbis; the Orthodox bar gays and women from ordination.
from The Desert News


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