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Question 18.6.6:
The Rabbinate: Can Reform Rabbis be sanctioned for their beliefs?


No. There is no ideological sanction process in the CCAR, although some in the CCAR would like to institute one for rabbis who co-officiate with Christian clergy at weddings. Of course, there is always the community. Rabbis usually have beliefs in congruence with the congregation or community that continues to pay their contract. In congregations, belief differences often lead to heated temple board meetings, and potentially, the Rabbi moving to a different community.

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