Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

by Rebecca T. Alpert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813529166

ISBN-13: 9780813529165

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental change in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis reflect on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism's journey into an increasingly multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to become rabbis and describe their experiences both at seminaries and in…  See more details below

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Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental change in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis reflect on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism's journey into an increasingly multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to become rabbis and describe their experiences both at seminaries and in their rabbinical positions. They also reflect on the dilemma whether to conceal or reveal their sexual identities to their congregants and superiors, or to serve specifically gay and lesbian congregations. The contributors consider the tensions between lesbian identity and Jewish identity, and inquire whether there are particularly "lesbian" readings of traditional texts. These essays also ask how the languge of Jewish tradition touches the lives of lesbians and how lesbianism challenges traditional notions of the Jewish family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813529165
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1Struggle, Change, and Celebration: My Life as a Lesbian Rabbi39
Ch. 2A Practical Theology of Presence50
Ch. 3Working from the Inside, Out57
Ch. 4Wholeness and Holiness: A Life's Journey66
Ch. 5Being a Lesbian Rabbi75
Ch. 6Ten Years on the Journey toward Wholeness93
Ch. 7Carrying On: A Lesbian Rabbi, Jewish Seekers, and All the Voices of Our Lives106
Ch. 8Shlichut: Claiming My Mission116
Ch. 9Ger V'toshav: Member and Outsider131
Ch. 10Gay and Lesbian Synagogue as Spiritual Community141
Ch. 11Why I Choose to be a Rabbi of a GLBT Synagogue152
Ch. 12Ten Years and Counting ...161
Ch. 13On Being a Rabbi at the Margins173
Ch. 14My Piece of Truth181
Ch. 15My Language Is My Country190
Ch. 16Saying No in the Name of a Higher Yes197
Ch. 17Notes from the Underground217
Ch. 18In Hiding226
Glossary235
About the Contributors243
Index247

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