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Prominent conservative rabbi in LA to conduct marriages

Timothy Kincaid

July 5th, 2013

Founded in 1906, Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple is one of the nation’s larger and more vibrant Conservative synagogues, serving the affluent Westwood community. It is also one of the spiritual home of many Persian Jews who fled Iran when the Iranian Revolution turned that nation into an intolerant theocracy.

There’s an interesting article in the NY Times about how the decision by Rabbi David Wolpe to bless same-sex marriages has upset and challenged that congregation.



Ben in Oakland
July 5th, 2013 | LINK

It never ceases to amaze me.

Iranian Jews, forced out of Iran by religious intolerance and religious dominionism, free to a country which protects their religious beliefs. They then turn around and denounce others for reasons of religious intolerance and religious dominionism.

The more I see of intolerant religionists and dominionist religionism, the more I am glad the I turned my back on religion 40 years ago.

Michael Smith
July 5th, 2013 | LINK

I have all the faith in the world that the Westwood Temple will come around and deal with it.

My husband and I lived in a condo on Doheny, where nearly all the units (about 500 or so) were owned by Farsi-speaking Jews of Iranian discent. We were one of the few non-Jewish families in the building. No doubt, many of our former neighbors attend this temple.

What I learned about them, is that 1) they’re very religious, 2) they’re very clique-ish, and 3) they respect the beliefs and rights of others.

Sure, it will take time for them to adjust, and to look at things from a different perspective. But I think they’re on the right track.

Mazel Tov!

July 5th, 2013 | LINK

Despite the name “Conservative Judaism” is actually in the middle of the spectrum. The equivalent to conservative/fundamentalist Christians are Orthodox Jews.

Though I guess Iranian Jews may indeed have picked up some the religious fervor and intolerance of the society they grew up in.

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