From: The Jerusalem Post
Conservative rabbis adopt resolution backing transgender rights
The international association of Conservative rabbis … passed a resolution declaring its embrace of transgender people, and called on Jewish institutions and government agencies to ensure their full equality.
The Rabbinical Assembly resolution passed last week expresses “the full welcome, acceptance, and inclusion of people of all gender identities in Jewish life and general society.”
In its Resolution Affirming the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, the group makes a legal case for its position, arguing the spectrum of Jewish text “affirms the variety of non-binary gender expression throughout history.”
“Since Talmudic times, our people have recognized that the human condition is not just binary,” said Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, the gay spiritual leader at Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., in an interview with the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. “I hope this resolution will go far in promoting this deep truth of our religion in our society and in the world.”
The resolution encourages Conservative synagogues, camps, schools, communal and professional organizations “to create fully inclusive settings.” It follows a similar resolution passed by the Union for Reform Judaism in November.
The Rabbinical Assembly, which comprises 1,700 rabbis….