from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Jewish ordination by competent rabbis, when the candidate receives his diploma stating his qualifications to officiate as a rabbi.
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The results of a survey to be presented at the convention show a clear consensus among RCA members against granting "semicha," or ordination, to women, according to an official involved in the council's strategic planning process.
Michael Lerner (labeled as Reform) has semicha from Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Renewal), and I think Michael Paley (labeled as Conservative) has Orthodox semicha.
This will be a teaching-semicha (along ‘Rav Mehanekh’ lines) designed to create high school rebbes for pluralistic/cross-communal North American high schools and not an ordination designed to create halakhic decisors (poskim).
He has a lawsuit against Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi for dismissing him from a position he held for over 30 years from his position of examining people who came for semicha (rabbinic ordination).
In England, different members of the clergy (not all of whom even have semicha) go by distinctly different titles, reflecting different roles: reverend, minister, rabbi, and dayan; maybe that is a fine idea worth importing to America.
Moshe is in a program where he's working towards his GED (a high school equivalence degree) and even learning for semicha (rabbinical ordination).
The website doesn’t mention the semicha aspect at all.