Thursday, July 12, 2012

Gay congregation shares worship space with conventional synagogue

Rabbi Noah Kitty, left, of Congregation Etz Chaim and Jerry Berkowitz,
a member of Beth Torah and cantor of Etz Chaim, are happy with the accord.
Two Torah scrolls, flanked by the flags of Israel and the United States, plus the rainbow-striped flag that is the symbol of gay pride.

They come together each Friday at Temple Beth Torah — symbols of a rare arrangement between the standard Conservative synagogue and Congregation Etz Chaim, a liberal group that ministers mainly to gays and lesbians. Leaders say it's a good move. -- James D. Davis, Florida Sun Sentinel

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