Funny, You Don't Look Like a Rabbi: A Memoir of Unorthodox Transformation

Funny, You Don't Look Like a Rabbi: A Memoir of Unorthodox Transformation

by Rabbi Lynnda Targan


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At the age of fifty, Lynnda Targan was an accomplished public relations professional, journalist and happily married mother of two. But deep down, she felt called to a different path. The child of secular, divorced parents, she had grown up in the nurturing enclave of her grandparents’ close-knit, Orthodox Jewish community, but drifted away from the rituals of her faith. Now, as an adult, she found herself being drawn back to Judaism—and rediscovering the beauty and resonance of its history, its remarkable texts and teachings, and its powerful code for living in the modern world.

Targan’s memoir tells the story of her surprising transformation from successful working mom to spiritual seeker and Jewish scholar, and chronicles her quest to reinvent herself in midlife to become a rabbi, a choice that for generations was open only to men. Initially met with skepticism, Targan persevered, becoming an ordained rabbi in 2003. Now a beloved leader in her community, Targan shows that it is never too late to find your true calling and step into your power—no matter what your age

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781887043724
Publisher: White River Press
Publication date: 03/23/2020
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 1,155,240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Lynnda Targan was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, New York, in 2003
after earning master degrees in Jewish Communal Studies and Jewish Liberal Studies from Gratz College. Before assuming the path to the rabbinate, she was a journalist, oral historian, and the president of LT Communications, which facilitated public relations and marketing campaigns for professionals, non-profits and small businesses. Several years ago she co-founded the Women's Midrash Institute to provide a setting for women and men to study Jewish texts in a context that encourages feminist inquiry and spiritual reflection. She sits on the executive board of Women of Vision, a division of Women's
Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, is a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, and a Life- Member of Hadassah. A sought-after teacher and speaker, she officiates regularly at public and private lifecycle events. Rabbi Targan is a member of the Board of Rabbis in New York and in Philadelphia and she lives between both cities with her husband
Larry Targan. The couple have two married children and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents




1. Love, Loss, and Abandonment

2. In the Beginning

3. Brooklyn Shabbat

4. New York, New York

5. Philadelphia

6. All You Need Is Love

7. The Cushy Life

8. Saying Goodbye

9. Pursuing Transformation

10. Adult Bat-Mitzvah

11. The Calling

12. Poland 1991

13. Israel

14. Reentry

15. School Days, School Daze

16. The Appeal

17. Meanwhile

18. Israel Summer 1997

19. Hebrew University

20. The Bombing

21. Moving On

22. Swing-Time

23. God Laughs Again

24. School, Finally

25. The Making of a Rabbi

26. Busy and Blessed

27. Year Four

28. September 11, 2001

29. September 12, 2001

30. The Final Year

31. Ordination


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