First we heard last fall that Rabbi Jerome Epstein is changing his position on interfaith marriage in the Conservative movement. Then we heard that Rabbi Ismar Schorsch is suggesting that the Conservative movement’s Camp Ramah welcome the children of non-Jewish mothers (patrilineal kids) at least until the age of thirteen (something that Ramah Ojai did years ago when David Lieber was president of the University of Judaism)—presumably when a more mature decision on conversion can be made. And now in the current issue of the Jewish Week an article by Rabbi Epstein suggests that all Conservative congregations follow suit.
I repeat what I said to Rabbi Epstein years ago when he felt that we disagreed about how to reach out and welcome in interfaith couples and their children: Looks like there really is more that unites us than divides us. Perhaps we should focus on what we agree upon. I wonder what will come next.