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August 15, 1975 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-08-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 Friday, August 15, 1975

Quebec Appoints
Jewish Professor

1973 Decision on Women Fails
Caricatures to Stir Conservative Judaism

for your party

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

By

SAM FIELD

Call

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The controversial 1973
decision to permit women in
Conservative congregations
to be counted in the minyan
— which continues to roil
some Conservative rabbis —
has resulted in "very little
ferment and much apathy"
in those congregations
about the ruling, according

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to a survey made by the
Women's League for Con-
servative Judaism.
Results of the 1974 survey
were described in the cur-
rent issue of the Women's
League "Outlook."
Mrs. Jerome Dick re-
ported that sonic practices
providing a significant role
for women members "have
been almost universally ac-
cepted within the Conserva-
tive movement." Mixed seat-
ing is "an accepted and
expected situation."
A widow or a single
woman may become a
member of a congregation
"with full rights, privi-
leges and responsibili-
ties." The Conservative
synagogue religious school
"provides • not only equal
educational opportunities
but the same curriculum"
for both boys and girls,
"which leads directly to
the fact that Bat Mitzva
has become firmly estab-
lished, although the mode
of observance is varied."
While only 21 Conserva-
tive congregations were re-
ported to have or have had
women presidents, women
have been elected to the
other most important of-
fices and significant chair-
manships in more than two-
thirds of the 437 responding
synagogues.
Slightly more than a
fourth of the responding
synagogues do not give hus-
band and wife individual
voice and vote but, Mrs.
Dick noted, in many syn-
agogues, husband and wife
have equal congregational
status in a ballot represent-
ing a family vote.
The poll showed that
women are a position to
"influence action and to
guide or initiate policy" on
ritual practices in 92 per-
cent of the responding con-
gregations, through election
as officers or appointment
as chairmen or members of
religious or ritual commit-
tees, but there nevertheless
seemed to be "very little fer-
ment and much apathy in
the area of religious ritual,"
according to Mrs. Dick.
Only 23.8 percent of the
responding congregations

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count women in a quorum

for a minyan. Only 19.9
percent ask a woman —
other than the Bat Mitzva
— "to chant a Haftorah."
Only 16.8 percent ask
women — again other than
the Bat Mitzva — to serve
as cantor, the poll showed.
In sharp contrast to com-
plaints by some Conserva-
tive rabbis that the decision
on women as possible min-
yan members was a step in
the direction of Reform Ju-
daism and that the decision
had embroiled them in con-
gregational battles between
friends and foes of the deci-
sion, Mrs. Dick declared it
was "surprising" that so few
Consei'vative congregations
seemed even to he discuss-
ing that decision and other
ritual practices affecting
women members.
The poll found that only
41 of the responding syn-
agogues — "barely 10 per-
cent" — reported that they
had the counting of women
for a minyan "under discus-
sion."
Two-thirds of the re-
sponding synagogues re-
ported that aliyot were not
given to women members,
other than to a Bat Mitzva ;
while only 31 congregations
— 71/2 percent — had that
practice under discussion.
Mrs. Dick asserted that
the findings "strongly sug-
gest" an "overwhelming" si-
lent majority which seemed
to be "somewhat unmoved"
by the resolution of the
Committee on Law and
Standards of the Rabbinical
Assembly, the association
of Conservative rabbis, re-
garding "a more active role
for women in the rituals of
the synagogue, or by the
hue and cry which seem to
be emanating from what is
evidently a small percentage
of our Conservative
women."

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