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From left to right: Rebecca T. Alpert, Sue Levi Elwell, Steven Greenberg, Deborah Waxman, Aaron S. Weininger

LGBT Rabbis: A Cross-movement Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7 pm

From the first woman and lesbian heading a Jewish seminary to the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, five cross-generational leaders will share firsthand insights into their pioneering work at the intersections of religious and LGBT communities.  


  • Rebecca T. Alpert, Ph.D. (moderator), Professor of Religion at Temple University, one of the first women in America ordained as a rabbi, co-author of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach, and co-editor of Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation
  • Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D., Scholar in Residence, Washington Hebrew Congregation, and editor of The Open Door Haggadah, Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives, and, with Rebecca Alpert, Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation
  • Steven Greenberg, Senior Teaching Fellow at The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), founder and co-director of Eshel, an Orthodox LGBT support, education, and advocacy organization, and the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi
  • Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, the first woman to head a Jewish congregational organization, and the first gay rabbi in such a senior leadership position
  • Aaron S. Weininger, Associate Rabbi and Berman Family Chair in Jewish Learning at Adath Jeshurun Congregation (MN), and the first openly gay person accepted to a rabbinical school in the Conservative movement
Dessert reception to follow.

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Supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. In conjunction with The Pursuit of Happiness: Jewish Voices for LGBT Rights, supported by the Allen A. Stein Family Foundation, Inc.

With special thanks to Eshel, creating inclusive Orthodox communities for LGBTQ+ Jews and their families. 

Event type:Exhibitions, Lectures & Discussions