Proposal to Temple Sinai's Board of Governors Sub-committee on Same-sex Commitment Ceremonies
Temple Sinai, February 27, 2001
Our tradition teaches that loving partnerships are infused with the divine presence, and that sexual intimacy, in the context of loving, committed relationships, is viewed as holy. Jewish tradition affirms the value in creating family units to ensure continuity, while accepting non-parents as equally valued, contributing community members. In the words of our tradition, kol echad aravim zeh la'zeh, each of us is responsible for the well-being of every other member of the community. We have a responsibility to acknowledge the experiences of our gay and lesbian friends and fellow congregants, and commit to their full participation in the Jewish community. In keeping with the above mandate, in the Fall of 1999, the Western N.Y. Lesbian and Gay Mishpachah implemented an opinion survey as part of a grant from the Jewish Federation. The goal was to assess attitudes of congregants, regarding gay/lesbian inclusion in our local Jewish community.
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Proposal to Temple Sinai's Board of Governors Sub-committee on Same-sex Commitment Ceremonies. Temple Sinai. 27 February 2001: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7790
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