The Jewish Chronicle reports on Beit Kaplan

From The Jewish Chronicle’s Toby Tabachinik

The 2015 decision of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to ordain rabbis with non-Jewish partners was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro.

“I formally left the RRA (Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association) after that decision came out,” said Harris-Shapiro, a professor at Temple University who was ordained by the RRC in 1988. “I immediately resigned.”

Harris-Shapiro is not the only Reconstructionist rabbi who disagrees with the RRC’s decision to admit and graduate a “student married to, or in a committed relationship with, a non-Jew.”

About three dozen members and former members of the RRA who are opposed to that new policy — and are further opposed to the vocal anti-Israel views espoused by a number of rabbis in their movement — have formed Beit Kaplan: The Rabbinic Partnership for Jewish Peoplehood, with the hope of broadening the discussion of issues that its members view as core to the philosophy of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionism.


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