Jewish seminary opens door to gay students

"In keeping with Jewish tradition of pluralism"
Openly gay students who want to serve as rabbis or cantors in Conservative Judaism are now welcome at the Jewish Theological Seminary, school officials said in New York.

The announcement came three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement’s decision-making body, gave seminaries and congregations permission to ordain homosexual rabbis and bless same-sex unions.

JTS announced its decision March 26 after evaluating thousands of survey responses and conducting discussions with faculty, religious leaders and students.

The application deadline for prospective students has been extended to June 30.


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