Foundation for Pluralism
Courtesy Jewish Standard
Published: 02 January 2015
Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., watches as a member of his congregation lights a chanukiah.
Within days of floating a proposal that would have made Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., the first prominent Conservative clergyman to break with the movement’s ironclad rule against rabbis performing intermarriages, the spiritual leader of one of the nation’s largest Conservative synagogues decided to reverse course.