Same-Sex Marriage

The liberal Jewish movements are struggling to balance contemporary morality and Jewish tradition in deciding whether to ritually honor same-sex unions.

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It should be noted, however, that while no major Orthodox institution has publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, there are a few voices within Orthodox communities, most notably Rabbi Steven Greenberg, who call for new interpretations of halakhah (Jewish law) which would allow for more acceptance of homosexuality.

In November 2011 Rabbi Greenberg officiated at the wedding of two men in Washington DC's Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. The wedding marked the first time that an Orthodox rabbi had officiated a same-sex marriage that was legally recognized by the local government.

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Rabbi Amber Powers

Rabbi Amber Powers is Dean of Admissions and Recruitment at The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She was ordained by The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2002 and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.