Why Rabbi Gil Steinlauf’s Coming Out Is Watershed Moment for Jews

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Eloquent Support by Lay Leaders Shows Momentous Change In 1977, Gerson D. Cohen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, approved a petition by the Rabbinical Assembly to create a committee to study the role of women as spiritual leaders in the Conservative movement. The voices included were varied, some in favor of the […]

When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay

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Congregants of Cleveland Park’s Adas Israel Congregation, the largest Conservative synagogue in D.C., received a surprising email Monday afternoon: Their senior rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, announced he is gay. A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated […]

AIPAC and J Street: Pro-Israel

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Over the past two weeks, A Wider Bridge’s Executive Director Arthur Slepian had the opportunity to attend both the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC, and a J Street Town Hall meeting in San Francisco.   Both events were interesting, provocative, and provided an important perspective on the relationship of the […]

Gay Marriage Not ‘Purple’ Issue

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Lanny Davis, principal in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, criticizes the extremist religious Jewish members at Temple Sinai, Los Angeles, who oppose their rabbi to conduct same-sex weddings “To officiate a union that is expressly not for the same godly purpose of procreation and to call such a relationship ‘sanctified’ […]