More from Open Orthodoxy: YCT Rabbi Includes Conservative and Reform Temple Representatives as Eruv Inspectors

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Rabbi Daniel MillnerA recent article by Jacob Kamaras for JNS.org describes the Jewish community of Austin, Texas, and how the 40-acre Dell Jewish Community Campus mirrors the relatively new infrastructure in the rest of Austin.

The Jewish Community Center of Austin opened its doors in 2000, in stark contrast with other Jewish communities in Texas (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio) and elsewhere that have had JCCs for more than a century.

Jay Rubin, CEO of Shalom Austin, which operates the JCC as well as the local Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service, and Jewish Foundation, in addition to managing the Dell campus—recently gave JNS.org a tour of the campus and its newest addition, B’nai Abraham Synagogue, whose building was divided into three pieces, transported from 90 miles away in Brenham, and pieced back together and renovated in Austin. On the campus, B’nai Abraham now serves as the sanctuary for Congregation Tiferet Israel (Orthodox) and joins two other synagogues on premises, Congregation Agudas Achim (Conservative) and Temple Beth Shalom (Reform).

The Dell campus, reports JNS, provides “denominational coexistence,” given the presence of Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform congregations onsite.

“Jews—we can’t figure out how to share the Kotel, but here we are in Austin, Texas, figuring out how to share the same campus,” said Rubin.

In order to further enhance Austin’s Jewish mosaic, attracting more Orthodox families is a growth priority, he said.

“To be a serious Jewish community, you need a number of things, and I think in this day and age you need to have an Orthodox community. Austin has never really been a hospitable place for that,” Rubin said.

Here is where it is relevant to Matzav.com readers following the damage being done by Open Orthodoxy, reported on exclusively and extensively here on Matzav.

The one tasked with drawing Orthodox members to Austin is none other than Rabbi Daniel Millner (pictured above), 30, leader of Congregation Tiferet Israel and a graduate of the Open Orthodox Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical school. The congregation had a membership of 35-40 family units when Millner assumed the pulpit in 2014, and has grown to 70 units as it now settles into the B’nai Abraham building.

At the heart of the Austin Orthodox community is an embrace of diversity, said Millner.

“People feel very connected to [Tiferet Israel] because of the community, not because of the denomination,” he said.

Here is the key:

Austin built an eruv this year to permit carrying on Shabbos, but it’s a “community eruv” and not just an “Orthodox eruv,” Millner explained, because the eruv’s inspectors come from every congregation on the Dell campus.

You read correctly. This YCT grad is including Conservative and Reform temple representatives as eruv inspectors. Why? Well, he explains himself: “It’s really an opportunity to engage members of the Austin Jewish community in an area of halacha (Jewish law) that maybe people don’t know about unless they’re confronted with it,” he said.

For Millner, that’s enough of a reason to allow Conservative and Reform representatives to serve as inspectors of the eruv.

Just another example of the havoc being wreaked by Open Orthodoxy, YCT, and those who support the adulterating of Orthodoxy, all in the name of unity and other sweet-sounding catch phrases.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}

12 COMMENTS

  1. Of course, Conservative and Reform clergy wouldn’t dream of carrying in reshus harabim on Shabbos (maybe they consider their cars to be a separate reshus).

  2. Reform & Conservative are 2 stand-alone religions that practice made-up rules and traditions that have nothing to do with Judaism.
    There are many Jews who belong to these deviant forms of religion because they don’t know any better. This is the garbage they grew up with. They were sold a bill of goods. (bads).

  3. Many graduates of YCT have gone on to become rabbis at out-of-town Modern Orthodox shuls, and many of them seem relatively un-controversial and indistinguishable from liberal MO! In one community, a YCT-trained rabbi speaks at events alongside charedi rabbis at Orthodox community events, and taught in a charedi school. Several frum familities attend both his shul and other charedi or MO shuls in the neighborhood!
    A big problem with the Moetzes pronouncement is that it says categorically that YCT semicha means nothing.Regardless of the pronouncement, many MO and confused charedim will continue to treat YCT-trained rabbis as legitimate Orthodox rabbis,

  4. since many of these chevra are not even Jewish, (due to phony gerus), a whole different shaila has arisen. can you trust a goy as an eruv inspector? YES I AM KIDDING!!!

  5. Many graduates of YCT have gone on to become rabbis at out-of-town Modern Orthodox shuls, and many of them seem relatively un-controversial and indistinguishable from liberal MO! In one community, a YCT-trained rabbi speaks at events alongside charedi rabbis at Orthodox community events, and taught in a charedi school. Several frum familities attend both his shul and other charedi or MO shuls in the neighborhood!
    A big problem with the Moetzes pronouncement is that it says categorically that YCT semicha means nothing.Regardless of the pronouncement, many MO and confused naive charedim will continue to treat YCT-trained rabbis as legitimate Orthodox rabbis,

  6. Do they really think the public will act differently before versus after the declaration about geirus or hashgacha that the OO perform, only because of a pronouncement ? Will THEY now treat their kiddushin as invalid and not needing a get? Will they declare a get written by “Rabbi” Katz shr”y invalid, thereby creating mamzeirim? All they said was they will not recognize their semicha!

  7. Avi Weiss officiated at a wedding on Sunday November 1st in the Atrium Hall in Monsey. The Chupah had a double ring ceremony. which disqualifies the kidushin. 5 woman were honored under the chupah. כל מקום שאתה מוצא עבודה זרה אתה מוצא זמה

  8. KolHakavod to Matzav and CROSS-CURRENTS,

    The Torah is all about a COLLECTIVE religion. Chazal exhort us (Shabbos 54a, Rashi): Whoever can protest, and fails to do so, is held culpable for those sins committed. “Kol yisroel areivim zeh l’zeh” means you’re RESPONSIBLE! , According to the Gemara ,part of Sina’as Chinam was “Me’d’lo me’chu” i.e, ‘live and and let live’ ! The first Beis HaMikdash was destroyed, despite the multitudes righteous in those generations, BECAUSE there was too much tolerance of evil and sinners cf. Kovetz Ma’amarim

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