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Lesbian rabbi from West Newton to head rabbinical association

Posted by Martin Finucane March 7, 2007 10:19 AM

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A West Newton rabbi will be elected next week to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, the Jewish news service JTA reports.

Spitzer is a 1997 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has been serving Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, a Reconstructionist congregation in West Newton, for the past 10 years, the movement said.

Spitzerís election continues the Reconstructionist movementís trailblazing tradition on gay and lesbian issues. In 1984, Reconstructionism became the first American Jewish movement to ordain gay rabbis, a move since followed by the Reform movement in 1990.

-- Adam Sell

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