The Conservative movement may be poised to open its doors to non-Jewish members, with a formal vote on the issue expected in March, JTA reports.
Confronted by the growing level of intermarriage in the American Jewish community at large and in many Conservative congregations across the country, Conservative movement members will be voting on a measure from their umbrella body that would allow congregations to admit non-Jews as members.
JTA reports that the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Standards for Congregational currently Practice restrict synagogue membership to Jews. But the new language, which congregations will vote on in March, would allow individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews.
The official description of the new by-law, as provided by JTA, says, “We celebrate the diversity among and within our kehillot and encourage the engagement of all those who seek a spiritual and communal home in an authentic and dynamic Jewish setting. We call on all of our kehillot to open their doors wide to all who want to enter.”