Paul Golin from the Jewish Outreach Institute recently conducted a survey of Conservative rabbis about intermarriage. The results are fascinating.
For a while now, we’ve known anecdotally of Conservative rabbis seeking to modify their approach to interfaith families. Some have mused about it publicly. Rabbi Charles Simon of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs has been an important voice for greater inclusion within the movement, and indeed the door has opened a crack over the past decade toward allowing increased participation in Conservative synagogues by intermarried families.
The Conservative movement is certainly capable of more than just incremental change when addressing important issues affecting many Jewish households, as it has already demonstrated by its acceptance of gay and lesbian rabbinic students, and allowing its rabbis to officiate at gay and lesbian weddings.
When it comes to interfaith marriage, however, it would appear from the lack of policy change that there is strong support among Conservative rabbis for the movement’s current stance. The movement does not allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at weddings between Jews and non-Jews. It also bans rabbis attending intermarriages as guests, even if it’s the wedding of their own children.