As we previously discussed, Conservative Jewish synagogues may now decide to accept gay rabbis and officiate at same-sex blessings if they so choose. As reported in JTA, the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary commissioned a survey to see how Conservatives were feeling about the new rules.
Roughly two-thirds of Conservative rabbis and cantors said in the survey released Wednesday that the Jewish Theological Seminary should admit openly gay and lesbian students for rabbinical study.
Percentages in favor were even higher among the movement’s professional and lay leadership.
Similar margins of support were found for the idea of Conservative rabbis officiating at same-sex commitment ceremonies.
While the survey was an internet poll and thus not overly reliable, the high percentage of lay leaders and clergy suggest that it may reflect actual attitudes.