Carrying Forward the Legacy of Torah


This past week, I had the privilege of participating in a Rabbinical Assembly conference at JTS celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Conservative movement. I was moved by the stories of the first generation of women rabbis, pioneers and innovators, who pushed against social barriers in order to bring their Torah into the world. We spoke about how many of their struggles are shared by the first generation of openly gay and lesbian Conservative rabbis who are now out in the field, teaching powerful Torah and touching lives. I am proud to be part of the Conservative movement of Judaism, rooted in tradition while questioning and adapting in order to be a vibrant and vital voice in the present day. I am grateful for our Women’s Club and for those who have given so generously to the Torah Fund over the years in order to strengthen the institutions of the Conservative/Masorti movement to meet the challenges of sustaining Jewish life in our time in North America, Israel and around the world. This Sunday morning, I look forward to being with many of you as we honor Judy Schwartz and Beverly Somerson at the Torah Fund Brunch for their dedication to Women’s Club and the Torah Fund and as we hear from Chancellor Arnold Eisen of JTS, a beloved teacher, who will share his insights and Torah with us. May our Torah be always a tree of life for those who take hold of her, a source of joy and a path to peace.