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Thursday, November 30, 2006

International Rabbinical Council to debate Dropping Bans against Gay Rabbis and Same-Sex Commitment Ceremonies

Change is afoot -- or at least discussion thereof -- at one of InterSem's core institutions:

"Panel faces tough debate on gay Jews -- Rabbinical council will review bans on hmosexual rabbis and same-sex rite".

Rabbi Elliot Dorff concedes that his opinions about ordaining gays and restricting some sexual activity are likely to upset both traditionalists and liberals in Judaism's Conservative movement.

In a much-anticipated event, an international rabbinical council is scheduled next week to debate and vote on possibly dropping the unevenly enforced bans against gay rabbis and same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Dorff, rector of the University of Judaism in Bel-Air and a well-known bioethicist, is one of the lead authors of a position paper that would end the bans. But, keeping some tradition of rabbinical interpretation of the Bible, his proposal would prohibit anal sex between men. Other forms of consensual, monogamous sex would be permitted.

Jewish leaders predict this could be a watershed moment for Conservative Judaism, which occupies the theological middle ground between Orthodoxy's strong traditionalism and Reform's liberalism.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

L'Shana Tova!

A happy New Year from the InterSem Team!

Curious to know a bit more about Rosh Hashanah? Read up on it at Judaism 101.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Israel & Palestine: Untangling Perceptions, Building Relationship

Check out the Jewish/Muslim/Christian InterFaith conference hosted by Claremont's School of Theology, October 29-30, 2006.

From the Event Description:

This two-day interfaith conference focuses on the overarching human questions that challenge the practice of peace for all who live in this sacred land. Register today for some or all events, including: speakers, workshops, a festive dinner and musical celebration for unity.

A Special Bonus: Students attend sessions free of charge!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Welcome & Save the Date

Welcome to the 2007 So. Cal. InterSem blog -- the site for updates on, dialogue about, and general interaction by participants, organizers and interested parties of this annual gathering for seminarians from Jewish (Conservative & Reform), Catholic and Protestant (Mainline & Evangelical) faith traditions.

The next retreat will take place February 11-12, 2007 -- save the date and check back regularly for updates or savory tidbits.

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