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  • Rabbi Marc Angel: IRF Did Not Reject Hurwitz, “Quite Likely” Will Accept Women

    by Rebecca Honig Friedman

    The International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF) never denied membership to Rabba Sara Hurwitz, IRF co-founder Rabbi Marc Angel told TJC Newsdesk, refuting the assertion in a recent New York Jewish Week article that it had. The NYJW article by Jonathan Mark claimed:

    In a twist, one Rabbi Weiss school, YCT, won’t recognize the rabbinic credentials of the other Rabbi Weiss school, Yeshivat Maharat, with Rabba Hurwitz being denied membership in the International Rabbinic Fellowship, also founded by Rabbi Weiss and primarily composed of YCT rabbis.

    In an email message, Angel wrote, “The article in the Jewish Week has a number of falsehoods, including the comment that Sara Hurwitz was denied membership in the IRF.”
    In fact, the IRF is open to the idea of women joining its membership, Angel told TJC Newsdesk:

    At the spring conference of the IRF, we discussed at great length whether to admit qualified women, even if they do not have formal rabbinic ordination. The general consensus was that we should, and a committee was appointed to come up with a specific resolution with guidelines for eligibility for membership. This resolution is to be brought to the IRF’s convention in June. It is quite likely that women will then be eligible for membership, and Sarah (and possibly other [women]) will then be able to apply for membership and be accepted as members.

    Regarding those other “falsehoods” in the NY Jewish Week article, and the reaction to Rabbi Avi Weiss changing Sara Hurwitz’s title from Maharat to Rabba, we’ll have more soon.

    March 2, 2010 | Read more Newsdesk posts. 4 Comments »

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    1. [...] See full post on TJC Newsdesk. [...]

      Pingback by Jewess » Rabba Hurwitz NOT Rejected From International Rabbinic Fellowship — March 2, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    2. In the quote you mention from Jonathan Mark’s piece he also makes two other claims that are not true:

      He wrote: “In a twist, one Rabbi Weiss school, YCT, won’t recognize the rabbinic credentials of the other Rabbi Weiss school, Yeshivat Maharat…” The assumption being that the IRF is part of YCT when it is really an entirely separate organization.

      He also wrote: “… and primarily composed of YCT rabbis.” The IRF has a little less than 150 member rabbis and to date there have been 54 graduates from YCT Rabbinical School. Even if every YCT graduate enters the IRF (which is unclear if that is the actual case) that represents about 1/3 of the organization, certainly not the “primary” composition.

      Jonathan Mark has a clear agenda against the Mahara”t phenomenon as is clearly noted in an opinion piece he wrote a few months ago on the subject. He now is abusing his position as a news columnist to further his agenda and Gary Rosenblatt, the editor of the Jewish Week and the one responsible for ensuring a proper journalistic standard in his newspaper, did not stop him.

      Gary Rosenblatt needs to issue an official apology on behalf of the Jewish Week to YCT, the IRF, Rabbi Avi Weiss, Yeshivat Mahara”t and Rabba Sara Hurwitz for all the untold amounts of slander they have caused by publishing this outrageous so called news column.

      Comment by Guest — March 2, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    3. [...] R. Marc Angel: IRF will likely accept women: link [...]

      Pingback by Jewish News — March 5, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    4. The bottom line is that Marc Angel’s group has so far refused the rabba membership. And Yeshivat Chovivei Torah has refused to support the rabba, as well.
      JP

      Comment by Jake Pitler — April 11, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

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