RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

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A History of LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutional Jewish World

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A History of LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutional Jewish World

  Compiled by Rabbi Debra Kolodny RabbiDebra@asthespiritmovesus.com Lionel Blue, ordained as a rabbi in 1960, was the first British rabbi to publicly declare himself a homosexual, in 1980. The Jewish Renewal movement emerged in 1960’s, never having a policy against ordaining LGBTQ people. It didn’t ordain its first LGBTQ clergy until 2006, however. 1984: Reconstructionist Rabbinical College changed policy to ordain LGBTQ rabbis. Late 1980s: the primary seminary of the Reform movement, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of...

Yesod Foundation Video on the Legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l Rabbi Debra Kolodny leading pre-panel Mincha service

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  A Panel discussion of the legacy of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2014) with Rabbi Chava Weissler, Rabbi Or Rose, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, moderated by Dr. David Shneer, professor of Jewish Studies, with a minhah service led by Rabbi Debra Kolodny, and an introduction by David Friedman and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, and chief archivist Bruce Montgomery, at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on January 11th, 2011. Video by Michael Kosacoff. From the year 2000 to 2014, Boulder psychotherapist, Michael Kosacoff...

PUAH City Council Testimony – STOP COP RIOTS

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PUAH City Council Testimony – STOP COP RIOTS

Mayor and Commissioners, My name is Rabbi Debra Kolodny. I am today here as Executive Director of Portland United Against Hate, co-author of the Stop Cop Riots letter and as clergy. In our final letter demanding an end to police violence during demonstrations, the community submitted 66 organizational signers and 92 clergy signers as well as another 1300 individuals. I broke down these numbers because I want to make clear that while a few clergy share the good protestor/bad protestor narrative and are standing with police, the vast majority...

Portland United Against Hate Testimony Against Police Violence

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Portland United Against Hate Testimony Against Police Violence

September 3, 2020 Co-Chairs and Members of the Committee: My name is Rabbi Debra Kolodny. I live in Multnomah County and am the Executive Director of Portland United Against Hate and the Rabbi of Portland’s UnShul. Having spoken with over 100 people and read through dozens of first hand reports on extraordinary police violence against almost exclusively peaceful protestors, and having pastored to over a dozen people who have received horrific injuries, I want to thank you for your work on LC 17 through 20. That being said, I believe that...