Tag Archives: Conservative Judaism

Renewing our Vows: A New Approach to Intermarriage

Recently, my congregation’s lay leadership voted to permit its clergy to officiate at marriages between a Jewish individual and a partner from another background (with some important conditions), if and when the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and the Cantorial Assembly … Continue reading

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One Community, One Campus: Rosh Hashanah Day 1, 5777

Of all the enemies our ancestors faced in antiquity, perhaps none were more fearsome than the Assyrians. Around 900 BCE, Assyria began to conquer much of what was at the time the known world. The empire Assyria built stretched from … Continue reading

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Where They Are – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5776/2015

What would it look like for synagogues to truly meet people where they are? Lessons from God and Wall Drug. Continue reading

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L’Dor Va-Dor: Making Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meaningful for a New Generation

This winter, the leadership of my dynamic congregation, Temple Beth-El, took the bold step of reconceptualizing everything about Bar/Bat Mitzvah. What follows is a description of what we’re doing differently, and why… Why reconceptualize Bar/Bat Mitzvah? We all know that … Continue reading

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Why I’m Still a Conservative Jew

My name is Michael Knopf. I grew up at a Conservative synagogue; I spent my summers at Camp Ramah in New England, a Conservative movement camp; as a teen, I was president of my Atlanta chapter of United Synagogue Youth, … Continue reading

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The Legal Responsibility of Jewish Hotel Patrons

Over the past few years, I had been trying to pass a teshuvah (Jewish legal opinion) in the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards arguing that Jewish law insists we must not patronize businesses that abuse their workers. The paper … Continue reading

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Recipe for a Renaissance – Kol Nidrei 5774

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can … Continue reading

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