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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-28

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26 Friday, October 28, 1983

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Training of Women Rabbis OKd

(Continued from Page 1)
associate professor of Tal-
mud and Rabbinics and
Rabbinical School dean, as
its chairman, to review and
recommend criteria for ad-
mission of all candidates to
the Rabbinical School, sub-
ject to approval by the JTS
chancellor. Roth had pro-
posed the motion for admis-
sion of women.
Skepticism that the ap-
proval action would bring a
schism in the movement
was expressed by Rabbi
Wolfe Kelman, executive
vice president of the Rab-
binical ASsembly, the asso-
ciation of 'Conservative rab-
bis. He told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that it
was expected that the first
women would be admitted
to the ordination program
at the JTS next September.
The_ Conservative
movement thus joins Re-
form and Reconstruc-
tionism in ordaining
women as rabbis. There
are now some 60 women
rabbis, most of them
holding positions as
assistant rabbis, others
in administrative and
teaching posts. The (Re-
form) Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute
of Religion, began the
process more than 10
years ago by ordaining
Sally Preisand as the first
woman rabbi in Ameri-
can history.
Kelman offered a "guess"
that 25 to 30 women will be
admitted as the first women
members of the JTS Rabbin-
ical School. He said he
agreed with Cohen that the
vote would not cause any
schism in the Conservative

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RABBI ROTH

movement.
He said "the essence" of
the movement is "reverence
for pluralism" and for "un-
limited freedom of expres-
sion and academic free-
dom," with the only limit
being the rulings of the RA
Committee on Jewish Law
and Standards. .
Kelman also told the JTA
that in the past 40 years,
more than 500 rabbis
trained in Orthodox and Re-
form seminaries had
applied for admission to the
RA and that more than 400
had been accepted while, in
that same period, fewer
than five rabbis have res-
igned from the RA on
ideological grounds.
Kelman, who attended
Monday's meeting, con-
firmed Cohen's descrip-
tion of the debate as "full
of debate" but not ran-
corous. Kelman com-
mented that a lot of anger
had been expressed prior
to the debate by Conser-
vative foes of ordination
of women. He also said he
doubted that the vote

would affect Conserva- stressed that the Conserva-
tive relationships with tive movement had "taken
the Orthodox movement, another step away from
which has never ac- normative Judaism and is
cepted either Conserva- further polarizing Jewish
tive or Reform Judaism life."
as valid.
Ezrat Nashim, which de-
A group of Conservative scribes itself as the first
Jews opposed to ordination Jewish feminist organiza-
of women, called the Union tion, said the vote "recog-
for Traditional Conserva- nizes the compelling moral
tive Judaism, headed by claim of women's equality
Rabbi David Novak of as well as the changed
Bayswater, Long Island, status of women in the mod-
said the decision "defies all ern world," and was "con-
norms 'of Jewish jurispru- sonant with the Conserva-
dence." Kelman said that tive interpretation of the
group was organized last development of Halakha."
spring and has about 500
Formal action for the
members, rabbinical and proposal began in the
lay.
movement when the RA,
The first reaction from in May 1977, called on the
Orthodox sources came JTS to consider admis-
from the Rabbinical Council sion of women to the
of America, one of the major Rabbinical School.
Orthodox rabbinical organ-
Last spring, the RA ad-
izations. Rabbi Gilbert missions committee re-
Klaperman, president of the ported that a woman, Rabbi
Rabbinical Council asserted Beverly Magidson, or-
that "the ordination of dained as a Reform rabbi,
women is against Jewish had applied for membership
law and tradition." He in the RA. Established pro-
cedure required that a
majority of 75, percent of the
delebaites present approve
Magidson's admission. On
the final count, she fell
short, by four votes, to get
that majority.
A number of delegates,
who opposed Magidson's
admission to the RA, said
that ordination was a nat-
ter for the JTS to decide and
renewed their appeal to the
JTS to decide on the issue.
The meeting of the Faculty
Senate on Monday was
called by Cohen in response
to that plea at the 1983 con-
RABBI KELMAN
vention.

Israel: Tinsel Town of the M.E.

By HERBERT LUFT

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

HOLLYWOOD — Gene
Corman, who has produced
four feature films in Israel,
most notably "Golda" star-
ring the late Ingrid
Bergman, is set to partici-
pate with Mordecai Gould
in building a modern ma,-
tion picture studio in Israel.
He also is planning to shoot
his next film at his new
facilities near Tel Aviv.
He is followed by
Menahem Golan and
Yoram Globus who also are
planning to build their own
Israeli studio. Golan and
Globus most recently com-
pleted the high-budgeted
feature "Sahara" and are
starting "The Ambassador"
with Robert Mitchum in the
title role sharing star bil-
ling with Ellen Burstyn
under J. Lee Thompson's di-
rection.
Other international corn-
panies planning to shoot
multi-million dollar fea-
tures in Israel are Warner
Bros. with George Roy Hill's
"The Little Drummer Girl,"
starring Diane Keaton and
Paramount's "Easy Way
Out" with Dudley Moore in
the leading role and Willard
Huyck directing.
Films dealing with the
Christian religion seem to
be in vogue. Director Mar-
tin Scorsese will make
Nikos Kazantzakis' "The

Last Temptation of Jesus
Christ" for Chartoff-
Winkler at least partly in
Israel and director Bryan
Hutton has contemplated
shooting a segment of an
adventure film, dealing
with the search for the Holy
Grail from which Jesus
drank at the Last Summer,
throughout Israel as well as
in Greece and Spain.
* * *
THE FINAL days of
shooting of Jack Eisner's
"The Children's War" were
completed on locations in
Budapest last month with
the quaint warped streets
and alleys matching the
former walled ghetto quar-
ters of Warsaw. The stirring
picture deals with the
Passover uprising against
the Nazis of 40 years ago.
Moshe Mizrahi, the
Academy Award winning
director of "Madame Rosa,"
is at the helm of Eisner's
first English-language film.
Mizrahi first came to
prominence at the Berlin
Film Festival of 1970 where
his earliest feature film,
"The Stranger," was shown
out of competition. A
triangle story, shot on a
modest budget in Israel, it
dealt with an escaped Nazi
war criminal (portrayed) by
German actor Hans Chris-
tian Blech) hiding out under
a Hebrew name. Feeling
threatened that he might be

exposed; he kills a French
newcomer whom he may
have tortured during his
reign of terror. The late
George Stevens agreed with
me in Berlin that "The
Stranger" was the best film
shown at the festival.

Mizrahi, North African
born, came to Israel as a
youngster and fought in the
War of Independence. At
home, both in the Israeli"
and French environments,
he has made unique films
both in Tel Aviv and Paris.
His "House on Chelouche
Street" won him his first
Oscar nomination. Another
Israeli film, "I Love You
Rosa," won international
acclaim, and so did the
French-language "I Sent A
Letter To My Love."

NCJW Puppets
Win an Award

NEW YORK — The Na-
tional Council of Jewish
Women has won an "Award
of. Excellence" from the
American Society of Asso-
ciation Executives in recog-
nition of an innovative pro-
gram which uses a puppet
show to teach the concept of
voluntarism to children.
The show encourages
volunter activity and covers
topics from visiting the aged
and the infirm to clean-up
campaigns.

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