The Nation

The Rabbinical Assembly, which represents Conservative Jews, voted overwhelmingly to admit women as rabbis for the first time. Beverly Magidson of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Jan Carol Kaufman of Rockville, Md., were admitted, effective July 1. Only a "handful" of the nearly 400 Conservative rabbis who voted opposed the women's admission or abstained, said a news release from the religious group meeting in Miami Beach. The door was opened to the two women last month with the assembly's adoption of a constitutional amendment that admitted upon ordination the graduating class of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Rabbinic School in New York City.

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