Start with Words of Yes

When I became a rabbi, my own rabbi at home told me that the most important thing I had as a rabbi was my integrity and I’d have little left to offer if I ever let that go. I think about that almost daily and certainly when tough decisions come up. Yet what I find […]

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What is Your Synagogue’s Policy on Who Can Be a Member?

Rabbis share their synagogues’ policies on who can be a member and what roles someone who is not Jewish can play in synagogue leadership.

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Why You Care about USY’s Interdating Rules

The United Synagogue Youth (USY), the Conservative movement’s youth group, recently re-evaluated the rules for its national and regional teen board members on dating. We shared the JTA story, and realized immediately that you, our readers, were interested in this news. From the number of clicks on Facebook to the comments you shared in favor […]

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What is Your Synagogue’s Policy on Opening the Ark?

IFF/Your Community asks local rabbis what their synagogues’ policies are on people who are not Jewish opening the ark.

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Which Parents’ Names are Included in Their Child’s Hebrew Name?

Rabbis from IFF/Your Communities share their synagogues’ policies on which parents’ names are included in a child’s Hebrew name during an aliyah.

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How Does Your Synagogue Handle Candle Lighting with Interfaith Families?

Rabbis at different synagogues answer this question about who can light candles during services

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Conservative Body Extends Hand to the Intermarried

Reprinted news article about the efforts of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs to make the Conservative movement more inclusive and accepting of interfaith families, focusing on the booklet  “Building the Faith:  A Book of Inclusion

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A Tale of Two Cities’ Cemeteries: Embracing Change vs. Keeping the Law

News article contrasting a cemetery owner in Pennsylvania who is permissive towards interfaith burials and an Orthodox rabbi in Boise who has no place to bury religious Jews.

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