Tradescantia Zebrina .:. The Wandering Jew

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Oh, Canada

In Canada, the vote [to ordain gays in conservative Judaism] has revived earlier threats to break with the North American movement, as rabbis at more traditional congregations there consider whether to form a wing distinct from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, North America’s Conservative congregational arm.

“There’s a lot of discussion about it that is driven partially by religious ideology and partially by whether people feel adequately served by the United Synagogue,” said Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, senior rabbi at Beth Tzedec Congregation of Toronto and one of two Canadian members of the law committee.

Frydman-Kohl, who voted to approve the two papers upholding the ban on gay ordination, added that he is writing a dissent to the teshuvah that passed in favor of it.

The uproar in Canada comes despite the fact that as a nation, Canada tends to be more socially liberal than the United States. On the same day that the Conservative law committee voted to approve gay ordination, the Canadian parliament voted to uphold a law allowing gay marriage. Still, Canadian Jewry on the whole leans toward the more traditional end of the religious spectrum.

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Shabbat Shalom, and expect an update from Seattle in the new week.

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