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CBST and JTA move quickly when they sense something’s up… I’m just glad I knew it was coming so I had time to give notice at work! JTS accepts gay cantorial student The Jewish Theological Seminary accepted its first openly gay cantorial student. Congregation Beth Simchat Torah said in a release Tuesday that member Marisa […]

The Dean of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary called me this week. I had just walked out of the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center, and when he told me that I had been accepted into cantorial school I jumped up and down on the sidewalk, drawing interesting looks from […]

Finding my place

In: Cantorial School, Gay and Lesbian, JTS, LGBTQ

This past December, when the Conservative Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) voted on the teshuvot about “the status of homosexuals” in the Conservative community, I had already completed my application to Hebrew Union College, thinking that it would be years before the Conservative movement made a step forward. A few days later I […]

I’ve seen the bumper sticker hundreds of times – an American flag waving across the bottom and the phrase “Love it or leave it!” emblazoned above. The people who claim to be “patriotic” by displaying these continue to disappoint me, because my own feelings on the subject are so complex. On one hand, I love […]

Just in from the JTA Wire… The Jewish Theological Seminary announced Monday that it would change admission policies to accept openly gay students at its rabbinical school. Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Conservative movement’s flagship institution, made the decision after consulting with the seminary community and conducting a movement-wide survey, both of which found strong […]


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