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December 7, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
This week's suspension of Reform Judaism's central seminary leader for alleged sexual misconduct highlighted the Reform movement's crackdown on such behavior in recent years, officials said Wednesday. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman resigned from his post as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after the Reform rabbinate's ethics committee suspended him for two years.
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December 7, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
This week's suspension of Reform Judaism's central seminary leader for alleged sexual misconduct highlighted the Reform movement's crackdown on such behavior in recent years, officials said Wednesday. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman resigned from his post as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after the Reform rabbinate's ethics committee suspended him for two years.
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June 6, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Rabbi David H. Ellenson of Los Angeles on Tuesday was appointed president of the four-campus university of the nation's largest Jewish denomination. Voting Tuesday in New York, the board of governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion made Ellenson, 53, their unanimous choice among six semifinalists. The university is the nation's oldest institution of Jewish higher education and is Reform Judaism's center of academic and rabbinical training in the United States.
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December 6, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, the respected leader of Reform Judaism's central seminary who pushed to expand rabbinical education on the West Coast, has resigned his post because of inappropriate "personal relationships" before he became president in 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1997 | LARRY STAMMER, Times Religion Writer
Jews throughout the United States were stunned last week when they heard that an ultra-Orthodox Rabbinic group planned to announce that the two largest Jewish denominations in America--the Reform and Conservative movements--were not Judaism. Reaction from the Reform and Conservative movements, as well as a more moderate Orthodox group, the Rabbinical Council of America, was swift. All three condemned the plans by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S.
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December 16, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid growing pressure on rabbis to marry Jews to non-Jews, Reform Judaism's lay leaders have voted overwhelmingly against urging their rabbis to drop their official opposition to interfaith marriage ceremonies. The Union of American Hebrew Congregations' national board of trustees took up the hot-button issue for the first time ever at its three-day Los Angeles meeting, which ended Sunday, but decided that the rabbis' right of conscience and authority on religious matters must be respected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2000 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The former bookkeeper and fiscal administrator for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from the institution--some of which was apparently used to finance the production of independent films. Jean M. Thorbourn, 61, forged numerous checks between 1989 and 1997 by using a dean's signature stamp, misappropriating a total of $1.179 million, the district attorney's office said Friday.
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July 12, 1996 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tensions between Israel's religious establishment and more liberal branches of Judaism broke into the open this week when leaders of the country's tiny Reform and Conservative movements charged that the Sephardic chief rabbi had advocated the murder of non-Orthodox Jews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | JOHN DART
Two major news events tied to Southern California--the suicides of Heaven's Gate cult members and the Southern Baptist boycott of Walt Disney Co. products-- were among the top national news stories in religion during 1997, according to the Religion Newswriters Assn. The year-end poll of religion specialists at secular news organizations rated the March suicides by followers of Marshall Applewhite at a Rancho Santa Fe mansion as the third-biggest religion story of the year.
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October 13, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Temple Judea in Tarzana installs Donald Goor as senior rabbi this week, the Reform congregation will become the country's largest mainstream synagogue to have an openly gay man as its spiritual leader. The liberal Reform branch of Judaism dropped barriers to ordaining gay and lesbian rabbis seven years ago, but only a few congregations have picked gay clergy for assistant or senior pulpit posts, according to estimates.
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October 13, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Temple Judea in Tarzana installs Donald Goor as senior rabbi this week, the Reform congregation will become the country's largest mainstream synagogue to have an openly gay man as its spiritual leader. The liberal Reform branch of Judaism dropped religious barriers to ordaining gay and lesbian rabbis seven years ago, but only a few congregations have picked gay clergy for assistant or senior pulpit posts, according to rabbinical estimates.
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