Conservative movement ordains first openly gay rabbi

By JTA
May 30, 2011 14:29

The Conservative movement ordained its first openly gay rabbi during ceremonies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Rachel Isaacs, 28, was ordained at JTS on May 19. She told the Forward that she began her rabbinical training at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, but switched to the Conservative seminary after it began admitting openly gay and lesbian students in 2007.

Isaacs will serve as the half-time rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville, Maine, where she has already served as a rabbinic intern. She will also work part-time as the Jewish chaplain of Colby College, where she will be on the faculty as well, the Forward reports.


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