Openly Gay Rabbi Was Elected President of the Israeli Conservative Rabbinical Assembly

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Gay Rabbi Mikie Goldstein was elected Monday as President of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in Israel. Rabbi Mikie serves as a rabbi in Congregation Adat Shalom Emanuel in Rehovot. The Masorti Movement in Israel published an official statement and congratulated the new President on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Mikie Goldstein is considered Israel’s […]

Reconstructing Religion: Philly Transgender Rabbi Redefining Roles in the Jewish Faith

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Transgender Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari was recently appointed head of Kol Tzedek, a small West Philadelphia Reconstructionist synagogue Hebrew is a gendered language; almost every noun is grammatically either masculine or feminine. This makes things interesting for Reconstructionist Judaism, a liberal movement within the religion. “So how do we wrestle with gender inclusion and trans […]

LGBTQ clergy tackle tough issues ahead of Trump presidency

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Transgender rights. Same-sex marriage. Federal protections against discrimination. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, some of the hard won rights and protections that the LGBTQ community have gained in recent years are once again in the national spotlight. President-elect Trump has appointed several members to top government posts that have supported so-called religious freedom […]