Conservative Judaism and Covenantal Love

Posted on: Monday October 16, 2017

A summary of our recent Pastoral Letter: Not new policy, but an articulation for its reasons and a call for renewed and deeper welcome for ALL couples and families who seek a home in Conservative/Masorti communities!

We hope that this letter finds you beginning a new year feeling renewed, strengthened, and inspired by the sacred days of Tishrei. We are pleased to share with you the fruits of a project that began several months ago as part of ongoing conversations taking place among the Rabbinical Assembly, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studiesand the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Recognizing that our Conservative/Masorti community around the world is undergoing many discussions on the topic of intermarrying couples, we set about to articulate a shared statement on this subject of utmost importance to our communities.

You can read the letter here


Rabbi Julie Schonfeld
Chief Executive Officer, Rabbinical Assembly

Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D
Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick
Chief Executive Officer, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL
Roslyn and Abner Goldstine Dean's Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies, American Jewish University