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Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism Part V: Conservative Judaism [Last Change: $Date: 1995/10/19 15:21:00 $ $Revision: 1.2 $] [Last Post: Fri Feb 13 11:07:04 US/Pacific 2004] 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): * Synagogue Organizations: + Assembly of Masorti Synagogues. This is the UK analogue of the USCJ (United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism). http://www.masorti.org.uk/ + United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), formerly the United Synagogue of America. Its members are Conservative Synagogues. http://www.uscj.org/ * Rabbinic/Cantorial Schools: + 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 + Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (http://www.uj.edu/Ziegler) at the University of Judaism (http://www.uj.edu/). The United States West Coast rabbinic school for Conservative Rabbis in Los Angeles, California. + 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) * Rabbinic Organizations: + Rabbinical Assembly. http://www.rabassembly.org/ + Cantor's Assembly. http://www.cantors.org/ There are many other organizations; a full list may be found on the JTSA web site at http://www.jtsa.edu/affiliat/conserv.html Where Can I Get The Books * 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). * Books that are marked as "United Synagogue Bookservice" should be available through http://www.uscj.org/mall/bookservice.htm [Amazon Associate] The S.C.J Reading List has established an affiliate relationship with Amazon.Com. (http://www.amazon.com/). Now you can complete your Conservative Jewish library and support the continued development of the Reading Lists at the same time, for many books on Conservative Judaism are available through Amazon. For those reading this at www.scjfaq.org/rl/jcu-intro.html, you can click the link to the left to browse Amazon's selections. Alternatively, if you enter Amazon using the URL http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=socculturejewi sh, the reading lists will get credit for your entry. Additionally, when you see the Amazon graphic [If you were at www.scjfaq.org, the graphic would be here] (or "[Buy at Amazon: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Amazon. Click on the graphic/link to go to Amazon and purchase the book. Reproduction of this posting for commercial use is subject to restriction. See Part 1 (general) for more details.