|5:30pm – 6:30pm
|A Progressive Alternative to Halakhic Deliberation
The founding philosopher of the Reconstructionist movement Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan was fond of saying, “The past has a vote, not a veto.” Progressive Jews have often given the past a veto instead because we lack alternative tools for analysing religious and ritual problems from a contemporary perspective. This workshop will provide an introduction to Value-Based Decision Making and apply its teachings to the hot-button contemporary question of Jewish weddings for gay and lesbian couples.
|10:45am – 11:45am
|Pride and Tolerance in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is the most religious city in the world with an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) centre. Learn more about the struggle for equality of the Jerusalem Open House, the LGBT center in Jerusalem – a small organization that withstood unprecedented attack by Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.
|9:30am – 10:30am
Homosexuality and Judaism
Throughout history, bigotry cloaked in religious idealism has been at the heart of campaigns against minority groups of all backgrounds including gay people, and sexual orientation continues to be one of the most contentious issues facing society even a decade into the 21st century. But is there an authentic view supported by Judaism? Join Rabbi Yaakov Glasman as he sensitively addresses this most important question facing our community today.
Jewish rabbis supporting marriage equality include:
- Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Adelaide.
- Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, Senior Rabbi, New South Wales.
- Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Victoria.
- Rabbi Paul Jacobson, New South Wales.
- Rabbi Jacki Ninio, New South Wales.