President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.
“The gays and lesbians have set forth their agenda: We’re here, we’re queer, we want an aliyah,” said Bauma, “and quite frankly, I agree with them.”
“At least in our shul, when they come out of the closet, they’re carrying a siddur and Chumash that they took from the closet shelves,” the president noted.
The White Shul is a house of worship that is famous for welcoming oppressed minorities into its fold. In 1965, it became the first synagogue to officially accept a group of black hats during their struggle for equal rights.
Even earlier, in 1920, the progressive congregation became the first in the country to give women members the right to vote…on how to prepare a proper cholent.
Recently, the shul revised its constitution to grant rights to individuals whose sexual preference includes both males and females. “We call it our bi-laws,” Bauma said.