Survey: Conservative Jews back gay rabbis

Local bodies can make own decisions
Most of the “key constituents” in centrist Conservative Judaism would support gay and lesbian rabbis, according to an e-mail- and Web-based survey commissioned by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

About two-thirds of the 5,583 rabbis, cantors and JTS students responding to the survey expressed support for openly gay rabbis and cantors. Among Conservative educators and other professionals, the approval rating was 76 percent.

Support varied by gender: Some 86 percent of female respondents approved of gay rabbis and cantors, compared to 60 percent of male respondents. The results may help JTS, the academic center of Conservative Judaism, decide whether to begin admitting openly gay students.


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