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October 1, 2015 12:53 pm

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to Admit Intermarried Students

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The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College amended its policy to allow students with non-Jewish partners. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College amended its policy to allow students with non-Jewish partners. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College on Wednesday announced a new plan to admit students with non-Jewish spouses.

“As you are likely already aware, this policy change is the result of many years of discussion within the Reconstructionist movement,” wrote Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, in a letter.

“Why have we taken this step? We no longer want to prevent very wonderful and engaged Jewish leaders from becoming rabbis. After years of study, research, and discussion with many members of the Reconstructionist community, we have concluded that the status of a rabbinical student’s partner is not a reliable measure of the student’s commitment to Judaism—or lack thereof. Nor does it undermine their passion for creating meaningful Judaism and bringing us closer to a just world. The issue of Jews intermarrying is no longer something we want to fight or police; we want to welcome Jews and the people who love us to join us in the very difficult project of bringing meaning, justice, and hope into our world,” she wrote.

Reconstructionist Judaism, wrote Waxman, “has always been predicated upon changing as Jews and Judaism change, even when these changes are emotionally challenging. In this season of Sukkot, we can’t help but think of the theme of the ushpizin, the guests we welcome into our sukkah each year.”

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  • Jerry Ram

    I will not assume, but it reads like the Re constructionist movement is desperate for members!
    Change for the sake of change leads to disaster.
    Wine at $100.00 a bottle, can be diluted to water.

  • Wingate 4 the Jews

    oh, why should rrc stop there? I mean, isn’t that kind of limited…admitting only intermarried students. rrc should re-think this issue and demonstrate its true dedication to prevailing cultural fads and fashions; rrc should admit both members of an intermarried couple or a unitarian couple, maybe, if rrc is still a little too conservative (pardon the expression), it should start with unitarian couples who have at least one Jewish grandparent or who lived next door to Jews at some point in their lives. or, maybe, rrc should admit Presbyterians who religiously read the sacred text of rrc, the new york times.