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Three Canadian Reconstructionist leaders consider whether their denomination should ordain rabbinical students married to non-Jews. In 1989, when I began attending the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), there was no guarantee that I would...
Can a rabbi intermarry? This is the question. The issue is complicated and rich; it is controversial and divisive. If my email inbox is any indication, the passions run high. See also: Do intermarried rabbis have a future? Rabbis should be role...
One of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s major contributions to modern Jewish identity was to note that Judaism has always placed the emphasis on belonging over believing. By focusing on peoplehood and the notion of belonging to the Jewish People as the...
Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), was in Toronto last month as part of a cross-country tour visiting Canadian synagogues. He sat down to discuss the challenges facing the movement and its future. What...
Toronto residents Yaacov Ben-Israel and Judy Rosenberg Ben-Israel returned April 30 from nearly two weeks in Nepal feeling extremely fortunate. The couple, both in their 60s and both chiropractors, found themselves caught in the April 25 earthquake...
While Canadian modern Orthodox rabbis aren’t having the kind of public discussion about including LGBTQ Jews like their counterparts did last month in New York, many say they’ve been grappling with the issue for years and agree there...


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