My latest… sort of ( ‘Reform rabbis get first gay prez’

In addition to the standard version of my recent JTA piece about Rabbi Denise Eger, the new president of American Reform rabbis, there’s this piece in j. (the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, aka by j.‘s Dan Pine, to which I evidently also contributed. It’s mostly made out of my JTA piece, but it localizes the story by adding some material about Rabbi Yoel Kahn of Berkeley:

More than a quarter century ago, Yoel Kahn addressed Reform Judaism’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, asking his colleagues, “Can we affirm the place of the homosexual Jew in the synagogue and [among] the Jewish people?”

At that point, plenty of people — including some Reform movement leaders — would have replied with a resounding “no.” But since that day in 1989, time and social change have answered the question in the affirmative.

This week, Kahn, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, again addressed the annual convention of the CCAR, but this time he was not pleading. He was beaming, because the CCAR had just installed its first gay or lesbian president, Rabbi Denise Eger of Los Angeles.

You can read the rest of Pine’s new material (and my original material, I suppose) over here.

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