Keshet Rabbis is an organization of Conservative/Masorti rabbis, cofounded in 2003 by Menachem Creditor, which holds that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews should be embraced as full, open members of all Conservative congregations and institutions. Based on its understanding of Jewish sources and Jewish values, it asserts that LGBT Jews may fully participate in community life and achieve positions of professional and lay leadership.
The organization was established in order to connect gay-friendly Conservative rabbis with one another, to serve as a collective voice of gay-friendly Conservative rabbis, and to offer a point of contact for Conservative/Masorti Jews who are themselves LGBT or who care about LGBT issues.
Keshet Rabbis provides LGBT Jews and those who love and support them with the means to contact a Conservative rabbi for positive and sympathetic advice and information. The mandate of the organization's rabbis is to provide judgment-free support and advice to those who approach them in the following areas: a listening and sympathetic ear, personal counseling in absolute privacy, halakhic queries, ceremonies of interest to the LGBT community, congregations that are already gay-friendly, referrals to helpful resources within the greater Jewish community and all similar matters.
Keshet Rabbis is not an official arm of the Rabbinical Assembly and is not endorsed by it; rather, it is a free association of rabbis who are members of the Rabbinical Assembly and who subscribe to Keshet-Rabbis' rationale and objectives. The organization's website was effectively launched on June 27, 2005, and soon after its creation over 100 rabbis had joined it.
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The real story for synagogues will probably emerge in five years or so, when the first openly gay rabbinical students who may soon be admitted to Conservative rabbinical schools are ordained and looking for jobs, said Rabbi Menachem Creditor, a founder of Keshet Rabbis, an advocacy group of some 250 Conservative rabbis. Until then, the question remains: Will Conservative synagogues be comfortable hiring them?
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About 100 rabbis from the United States, Europe and Israel signed on in June with a new group called Keshet-Rabbis.
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In 2003, Creditor co-founded Keshet Rabbis, a campaign to push Conservative Judaism to change policies regarding gay and lesbian Jews. This was long before the movement opened its seminary last year to gays and lesbians.
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- Chuck Colbert (2005-07-28). "Over the Jewish rainbow". In Newsweekly. Retrieved 2006-10-23.
Through our understanding of Jewish sources and Jewish values, we affirm that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews may fully participate in community life and achieve positions of professional and lay leadership
- Debra Rubin (2005-07-14). "Conservative rabbis seek place for gays in movement". Jewish Ledger. Retrieved 2006-10-23.
We in the field are coming in contact with" gay Jews who are "members of our congregations and are in turmoil because the misconception is that the Conservative movement is antigay -- and we're not