The leadership of Adath Israel Congregation in Toronto has voted to leave the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism immediately because it no longer represents their more conservative views, according to the Canadian Jewish News.
“We find the chasm between Conservative Judaism in the United States and Conservative Judaism here to be growing larger and wider,” Rabbi Steven Saltzman, the congregation’s spiritual leader, was quoted as saying.
He cited the American movement’s decision to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis and to include women in all aspects of religious services.
The paper said the board of another Toronto synagogue has recommended to its members that it too leave the United Synagogue on June 30. And other synagogues were reportedly considering similar moves.