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This message is intended to provide readers of soc.culture.jewish with a list of references to allow them to learn more about the current practices, past practices, beliefs, and history of the Conservative Movement with Judaism.
One of the four major movements within Judaism, the Conservative Movement was founded in 1886, with the establishment of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) by a group led by Rabbis Sabato Morais and Marcus Jastrow of Philadelphia and Henry Pereira Mendes of New York. This group was responding to what it felt were the rationalist, antihalakhic excesses of the Reform movement. For its first 15 years, the JTS was a colossal failure. However, around the turn of the century, the JTS was saved and grew into the flagship of a major Jewish denomination thanks to the efforts of three men: its first president, Cyrus Adler; financier Jacob Schiff; and the brilliant Rabbi Solomon Schecter.
In the United States, Israel, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and other countries, the following organizations are involved with Conservative Judaism (Conservative Judaism is called Masorti outside of the United States):
Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). This is the rabbinic school for Conservative Rabbis on the United States East Coast. The association of the rabbis is called the Rabbinical Assembly (RA). http://www.jtsa.edu
The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (http://www.jtsa.edu/israel/bm/index.html). This is the Conservative seminary in Israel. It shares faculty with The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem (http://www.uscj.org/israelcenter/yeshiva/us-yesh.htm), which is a school for laypeople
Outside of the US and Israel, there are two other rabbinical seminaries and schools of advanced Jewish studies that maintain formal connections with the Conservative movement. They are:
The Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano. The Latin American Conservative seminary, it prepares Conservative rabbis, cantors and educators for South America and Latin America. It runs Ramah camps in Argentina and Chile and a kashrut certification system. (Jose Hernandez 1750, 1426 Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: (54-1) 783-2009/783-6175/ 781-4057 Fax: (54-1) 781-4056).
Neotheologische Seminarion [Neolog Theological Seminary]. The Jewish Theological Seminary of Budapest. (27 Jozsef Krt. Budapest 1085, Hungary Phone (36-1) 134-2121)
There are many other organizations; a full list may be found on the JTSA web site at http://www.jtsa.edu/about/cj/cm.shtml
Many of these books are available through general bookstores or Judaica bookstores. A list of links to these may be found in the sources section of the General Reading List (if you are reading this at www.scjfaq.org, you can simply click on the "Sources" button in the header navigation bar).
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