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September 8, 2014

Conservative Judaism, also known as the Masorti Movement, has ordained its first openly gay rabbi, British born Mikie Goldstein, who will lead the Adat Shalom Emanuel synagogue in Israel

The Conservative Judaism Jewish denomination has ordained its first openly gay rabbi two years after clearing the way for gay and lesbian Jews to serve as religious leaders.

British born Mikie Goldstein, 49, became the first openly gay man to become a Conservative Jewish rabbi after finishing his studies for the rabbinate earlier this year at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Last week he was installed as rabbi at the Adat Shalom Emanuel Synagogue in the city of Rehovot in Israel.

November 28, 2013

Duncan McAlpine Sennett says issue is 'very personal' to him

Duncan McAlpine Sennett used the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah earlier this month to make the case for marriage equality.

At Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon, he engaged in this important rite of passage for a Jewish 13 year old. The Bar Mitzvah gives a speech or "D'var Torah" relating the biblical text to their own lives and passions.

Sennett spoke of how the definition of traditional marriage has changed since the days of the Torah and said it would be 'irresponsible' to exclude the topic of gay marriage.

April 20, 2012

A Jewish seminary in Jerusalem will begin accepting gay and lesbian rabbinical students in the fall after controversial vote in favor

A Jewish movement in Israel has voted to allow gays to become rabbis.

The middle-eastern country's Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, which is part of the Conservative Jewish seminary, says it will begin ordaining gays and lesbians in Jerusalem in the fall.

'In the Conservative world, there are rabbis who accept ordination of gay and lesbian students as well as those who do not,' a statement from the movement read.

January 20, 2012

Jewish school in England criticized for teaching about site which claims to 'heal' homosexuality.

A Jewish school in London, England, has angered parents and pupils after allegedly teaching six-form students that homosexuality can be 'cured'.

The JFS secondary school in the borough of Brent drew complaints after it was revealed its Jewish studies curriculum includes showing pupils a website from the American group JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality.

January 18, 2012

Amsterdam's chief rabbi suspended for signing declaration claiming gays can be healed.

Amsterdam's chief rabbi has been suspended after signing a statement claiming there is a 'gay cure'.

The Dutch city's Orthodox Jewish community made the decision to temporarily relieve Aryeh Ralbag of his post after the US-born official endorsed a document which states that 'homosexuality is not an acceptable lifestyle' and that it is possible to 'heal' gay people.

December 20, 2011

Jerusalem Open House and New York rabbi give GSN readers their greetings for festival of lights

Jewish LGBT people across the world will be lighting their candles for the annual Hanukkah festival this month.

The eight day festival is also known as the festival of light because it centres around lighting nine candles on the Menorah candle holder.