Masorti Groups to Avoid Hotels Denying Torahs

The Rabbinical Assembly, an international association of Conservative rabbis, announced last week at its annual conference in Atlanta that it would be advising all Conservative and Masorti Jewish groups to patronize only those hotels that make their Torah scrolls available for them to use. Masorti is the name given to the Conservative movement outside of North America.

The association said that Conservative groups frequently encounter difficulties when trying to use the Torah scrolls of hotels they are staying in for mixed-gender, egalitarian services, which members of this stream conduct.

The organization called on the Israel Hotel Association to “treat Jews of all denominations equally and to afford Jews and all groups of non-Orthodox streams any of the rights and privileges afforded Orthodox guests, including the use of a synagogue and a Sefer Torah [Torah scroll].”


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