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The Reconstructionist movement has once again led the way to a more inclusive Judaism by taking the bold step to accept and graduate rabbinic students who are intermarried or in committed relationships with partners who are not Jewish.
The main argument advanced against ordaining intermarried rabbis is that rabbis should serve as role models for Jewish life and commitment. The Reconstructionist movement reaffirmed that âall rabbinical candidates must model commitment to Judaism in their communal, personal, and family livesâ â but explained their decision in large part because âJews with non-Jewish partners demonstrat[e] these commitments every day in many Jewish communities.â
We send our very hearty congratulations to the Reconstructionist movement for their courageous leadership. For years we have heard from people eager to become rabbis who were barred by the major seminaries from applying. A prediction: the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College will be attracting and graduating some very outstanding rabbis â with partners from different faith traditions â in the future, and those rabbis in turn will lead the way to a more inclusive Judaism.