Conservative Judaism ordains first openly gay rabbi to lead synagogue in Israel

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    Sep 08, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    Conservative Judaism ordains first openly gay rabbi to lead synagogue in Israel

    Conservative Judaism, also known as the Masorti Movement, has ordained its first openly gay rabbi, British born Mikie Goldstein, who will lead the Adat Shalom Emanuel synagogue in Israel

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    Sep 09, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    That's not exactly right at least not as presented to a North American audience where Conservative Judaism isn't quite Masorti which is kind of a newish Jewish division, sort of between what was traditionally considered Conservative and what's become the ultra-Orthodoxy. In America, generally we have Reform, Orthodox and in I think it was the late 1800s came in the Conservative movement which is probably that largest of those three in the US. My temple growing up was Conservative.

    But even Conservative Judaism is relatively liberal as far as that goes. Here's some highlights of LGBT acceptance in the religion:
    The ordination of openly LGBT people in Judaism started in 1984 with Reconstructionist Judaism (and reconstructionist I think is an offshoot of reform)...

    ...In 2003 Reuben Zellman became the first openly transgender person accepted to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained in 2010.[8][9][10] Elliot Kukla, who came out as transgender six months before his ordination in 2006, was the first openly transgender person to be ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (that's reform)...

    ...Also in 2006, the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the body for Conservative Judaism, adopted two majority opinions, one allowing the ordination of LGBT clergy, as well as the blessing of same-sex unions, and lifting prohibitions on most (but not all) same-sex conduct (specifically not same-sex anal sex) and the other majority opinion retaining traditional opinions. The two primary seminaries for Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in response started allowing openly-LGBT students...

    (and here's the info I thought I might find...)

    ....In May 2011, Rachel Isaacs became the first openly lesbian rabbi ordained by the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary ("JTS"), which occurred in May 2011

    So the first openly gay rabbi ordained in Conservative Judaism in the US was in 2011.