And how is the Jewish community faring when it comes to the Great Gay Question?
A new survey of 1,221 Jewish leaders from 997 congregations across North America seems to show movement toward a very general “acceptance” of gays and lesbians.
Among the findings: Overall, 47 percent of rabbis said that their views toward gays and lesbians have “shifted favorably in the past 10 years.” (That’s 40 percent of Reform rabbis, 60 percent of Conservative, 43 percent of Orthodox.)
I can’t seem to find the actual study on the Web…yet.
Aviv, it’s worth noting, is the founder of a group called Jewish Mosaic, which promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians in Jewish life.
Paul Golin, associate executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, tells the JW: “The organized Jewish community is moving from rejection to tolerance to embracing. I think that the Conservative movement is the most interesting to watch right now because they’re in the middle, and they’re struggling between embracing and tolerating.”
Another finding: 41 percent of rabbis whose congregations reach out to gay and lesbian Jews reported gaining members as a result. 2 percent reported losing members.