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April 14, 1989 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-14

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Washington (JTA) — Rabbis
from the three major bran-
ches of Judaism agreed last
week that there has never
been, and likely never will be,
Jewish religious unity in the
United States.
But unlike the "Who Is a
Jew" controversy, which ex-
acerbated strains between Or-
thodox and non-Orthodox
Jews, the debate, at the an-
imal convention of the Rab-
binical Assembly, was mark-
ed by tension between Reform
and Conservative Jews.
The debate began when
Steven Cohen, visiting pro-
fessor at the Jewish
Theological Seminary, argued
that as a way of solving Con-
servative Judaism's identity
crisis, it should engage more
in ideological conflict with
the other two branches.
"We have done far too little
to differentiate ourselves
from Reform Judaism,"
Cohen said to the applause of
many of the 600 Conservative
rabbis attending the five-day
convention.
Conservative Judaism dif-
fers from Reform "in the very
significant minority of Con-
servative. Jews who, though
non-halachic, do maintain
some attachment to Jewish
tradition, as contrasted with
the near absence by such in-
dividuals in Reform temples,"
Cohen said.
But Eugene Lipman, presi-
dent of the Reform move-
ment's'Central Conference of
American Rabbis, said he was
"amused" by Cohen's com-
ments about Reform Jews,
saying "there are more
serious Reform Jews than he
thinks there are."
Cohen, a sociologist at
Queens College, cited a
survey that a third of Conser-
vative Jews maintain
separate sets of dishes for
meat and dairy meals, com-
pared with 4 percent of
Reform Jews.
Cohen also said that "just 2
percent of Conservative
members have Christmas
trees in their homes as com-
pared to 9 percent of Reform
families."
There is "a lot more tension
today" between Conservative
and Reform Jews than there
has previously been, Lipman
said.
Reform Jews, Lipman said,
"have to come to terms with
the fact that Conservative
people with whom they work,
live in the same neighbor-
hood, won't come for dinner."
On other points, Lipman
said there has been "an amaz-

ing evolution in the number
of Reform congregations that
don't have a lunch break on
Yom Kippur."
And recently, 15 Reform
Jewish day schools have been
founded, "with more coming"
he said.
The Reform movement was
slow to create such schools,
because "one of the great
sanctities of American Jewish
life for four generations has
•been the public school," Lip-
man said. "We had to face
very, very carefully the fact
that the public schools no
longer had sanctity for our
people."
Lipman also conceded that
the Reform decision to accept
patrilineal descent —

A minority of
Conservative Jews,
though non-
halachic, do
maintain some
attachment to
Jewish tradition.

recognizing children as Jews
if either parent is Jewish —
"has caused almost as much
fuss in relationships between
Conservative rabbis and
Reform rabbis and some lay
people as it has between us
and all of the branches of Or-
thodoxy."
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
president of the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, "was dead wrong" in
thinking the uproar over the
policy shift "would go away,"
he said.
Lipman also attacked the
Rabbinical Assembly for no
longer admitting Reform rab-
bis for membership, although
previous members have been
"grandfathered" in.
Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, ex-
ecutive vice president of the
assembly, who also par-
ticipated in the debate, did
not challenge Lipman's state-
ment. He said differences on
patrilineal descent have
"forced us to work more close-
ly together in areas where we
can work together, realizing
the areas that we cannot."
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein,
former president of the New
York Board of Rabbis and an
Orthodox rabbi himself, said
he is "not in favor of conflict
right now, because I see a lot
of conflict."
He said that if the branches
of Judaism speak together
"with civility," they can set
common standards for
conversion.

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