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Elias Inbram wears a shirt he made that migrant." By Eetta Prince-Gibson JERUSALEM (JTA)--When violent riots against African migrant workers erupted in south Tel Aviv recently, a mob attacked Hanania Wanda, a Jew of Ethiopian origin, mistaking him for a Sudanese migrant worker. "Wanda is my friend," says Elias In- bram, a social activist in the Ethiopian features a yellow star and reads: "Caution--I am not an illegal African ira- pare He suddenly realized, says Inbram, 38, "thatsince towhite people, all blacks look the same--I, an Israeli Jew who is black, or anyone in my family, or anyone in my community, could be attacked, too." That moved him to stencil "CAUTION: I am not an infiltrator from Africa" onto a bright yellow T-shirt. He then drew in by hand, in the upper left corner, the unmistakable yellow "Jude" patch from has gained thousands of "likes." "I want to force people here to think of the racism and hatred in Israeli society," Inbram, who holds a master's degree in law and is interning before applying for the bar, told JTA. The wave of violence in Israel against African migrant workers and asylum seekers, in which nearly a dozen Jews of Ethiopian origin also have been at- By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)--The Conservative movement--af- firming that same-sex mar- riages have "the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages'--recently estab- lished rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies. The landmark vote by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement's Rabbinical As- sembly follows a 2006 ruling by the committee "favor[ing] the establishment of commit- ted and loving relationships for gay and lesbian Jews." But the 2006 responsum declined to specify rituals for establishing gay and lesbian relationships, calling them "complicated and controver- sial questions that deserve a separate study." Last week's position paper, which was adopted by a vote of 13-0, with one abstention, fills thatvoid by outlining two possible marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. The paper's authors, Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Daniel Nevins and Avram Reisner, also wrote a 2006 responsum titled "Homosexuality, Hu- man Dignity and Halakhah," which declared gays eligible for rabbinic ordination. "This is the next step in the process of bringing about the full inclusion of LGBT Jews," said Rabbi Aaron Weininger, Congregation Chevrei Tzedek Rabbi Avram Reisner, who along with Rabbis Elliot Dorff and Daniel Nevins, wrote the new Conservative guidelines for same-sex wed- ding rituals. using the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. "Visibility of LGBT people as individuals and couples makes us stronger as a Jewish community." The first openly gay student admitted to the rabbinical school at the Conservative movement's Jewish Theologi- cal Seminary, Weininger re- ceived his rabbinic ordination last month. He was consulted during the composition of last week's paper. The paper acknowledges that "same-sex intimate re- lationships are comprehen- Guidelines on page 15A community and a former member of the Nazi era. tacked in the past few weeks, has forced the Israeli diplomatic corps who served Two weeks ago, he posted a picture of many Ethiopian Jews to deal with race A as spokesman for the embassy in South himself wearing the shirt--the only one Africa. "I knew I had to react somehow." he has printed--on Facebook. 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The world in Phoenix; her other sister, to spend the rest of my life minister of Environmental | wastellingmesomethingand Jordana Chernow-Reader, doing." | I just wasn't ready to listen," was ordained in 2010 and is Protections; Ambassador Ido Aharoni, consul general she says. the director of lifelong learn- Sisterhood on page 15A of Israel; Ruvik Danilovich,