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Washington synagogue to hold 3 Israeli weddings as a rebuke to the rabbinate
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Mar 15, 2019 3:38 PM 1+ week ago

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A venerable Washington Reform synagogue will hold three wedding ceremonies next week as a rebuke to Israel's rabbinate.

Each of the three couples to be married on March 26 at Washington Hebrew Congregation is unable to be married in Israel because of strictures imposed by the Orthodox-controlled Chief Rabbinate. The event is organized by the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements.

"One is a transgender, gay couple; the second couple has one partner that Israel's Chief Rabbinate does not consider to be Jewish; the third couple wants to have a modern, egalitarian ceremony, which the Chief Rabbinate also does not allow," said an announcement from the Union for Reform Judaism.

One of the men to be married was born and raised in Israel, became a bar mitzvah and served in the military. He is classified as having "no religion" because the State of Israel and rabbinate did not recognize his mother's conversion, performed in Romania before she immigrated to ...

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