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The position of Reform on this issue is best characterized in Rabbi Alexander Schindler's letter in the UAHC 1993-1994 Yearbook, in which he says:
Our long-standing commitment to openness and diversity is based on our tradition. When Moses gathered the elders to help him govern, two who were not included nonetheless received G-d's inspiration and "spoke in ecstasy." Although Joshua asked Moses to jail them, Moses replied: "Would that all G-d's people were prophets."
As Reform Jews, we say:
- All G-d's people--including women.
- All G-d's people--including families in all their new constellations
- All G-d's people--including lesbian and gay Jews
- All G-d's people--including the intermarried and the unaffiliated
- All G-d's people--including the hearing impaired and the wheelchair bound, and the disabled in body and spirit.
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