January 18, 2011
Same-sex Jewish couple united in Amsterdam shul
Holland’s first same-sex Jewish commitment ceremony was held in Amsterdam.
The couple, who were not named in the Radio Netherlands report, was united Sunday in the synagogue of the Liberal Jewish Community.
The Council of Rabbis of the Dutch Union of Progressive Judaism recently ruled that such ceremonies may be held in the country’s nine Liberal synagogues. The ceremony, called a brit ahava, or covenant of love, is not an official Jewish wedding, a rabbinic spokesman told reporters.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Netherlands since 2001.