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Synagogue to hold first single-sex wedding

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

When Paul Ginsberg and Eli Kaufman step under the chupah at Finchley Reform Synagogue on Sunday, they could be making history.

The couple are thought to be the first to have a same-sex Jewish wedding in a synagogue in this country.

Mr Ginsberg, 35, who works at the Royal Society of Arts, met Mr Kaufman, 32, an operations manager at a driving performance centre, who is originally from Israel,

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West London's same-sex ties

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

West London Synagogue is expecting to hold its first same-sex wedding within the actual synagogue next month, with one of its rabbis among the celebrating couples.

Previously, a civil same-sex marriage was held in the Reform shul's hall, while another couple had a religious wedding in an outside venue conducted under the synagogue's auspices.

Simon Myers, WLS executive director, said, "We ca

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Breaking glass and breaking new ground

By Simon Rocker, October 31, 2014

For 15 years Natalie Grazin and Samantha Cohen have been stalwarts of the New North London Synagogue, the country's largest Masorti congregation.

They helped to found the egalitarian minyan Assif. They have a boy and a girl who attend Jewish primary school.

The couple, who met at Limmud in 1997, formally pledged their commitment to each other in 2005 in a brit ahavah, a covenant of love.

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I can't deny couples the ritual they need

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, October 23, 2014

Since my own wedding, 10 years ago, I've had the honour of celebrating, as rabbi, almost 200 weddings. I've seen babies be welcomed into the Jewish covenant and barmitzvah kids become adults. I've celebrated long marriages, and sat on religious courts witnessing divorce. It's given me a certain insight into why and how people seek out a life partner - and what happens next.

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Masorti approves single-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

British Masorti has followed the Liberals and Reform movements by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement's trustees on Tuesday night.

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I'm gay, US rabbi tells shul-goers after Yom Kippur

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

In what the New Republic editor Franklin Foer described as "the most dramatic possible way to break the Yom Kippur fast", his rabbi at the Conservative Adas Israel synagogue in Washington DC announced on October 6 that he was gay.

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Masorti makes history as rabbis approve same-sex marriage

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2014

The British Masorti movement has followed the Liberals and Reform by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay and lesbian couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement’s trustees last night.

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Generous Fry takes gay history project to funding target

October 14, 2014

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry has put his money where his mouth is to take Rainbow Jews - the gay and lesbian oral history project hosted by Liberal Judaism - to a £5,000 crowdfunding target to continue its work.

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Gay Masorti rabbi a first for Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

A Liverpool-born man has become the Israeli Masorti movement's first gay pulpit rabbi.

Mikie Goldstein has been inducted as the rabbi of Congregation Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot, and has broken new ground for Israel's gay community in two respects.

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Have lesbian and gay rabbis found equality?

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, July 10, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, two lesbians were ordained under the auspices of London's Leo Baeck College: Rabbi Sheila Shulman and me. Until then, there was only one gay rabbi in Britain, Lio nel Blue. Since then, a further 12 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rabbis have received semichah from LBC, and four others, ordained elsewhere, have become part of the Progressive movement.

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