Conservative leaders see hope for social change in Rechovot controversy

The recent controversy over the cancellation of Bnai Mitzvah ceremonies for disabled children in Rehovot, while unacceptable to conservative Jews, is also in a way indicative of positive progress on issues of religious equality, one of the denomination’s senior leaders said on Tuesday.

That controversy, as well as others centered around the place of non-orthodox Judaism within the state of Israel, contains “seeds of hope,” Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, told the Jerusalem Post on the sidelines of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv.

“I absolutely see hope,” she said.


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