RABBI DEBRA KOLODNY

AS THE SPIRIT MOVES US

Boundary Crosser: Bisexuality and Judaism

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021

Boundary Crosser: Bisexuality and Judaism

Rabbi Debra Kolodny February 2021 Origin story Many scholars say that the word ivri, or Hebrew, comes from the verb root avar, to cross over.  From this we learn that embedded in the core identity of the Jewish people is the invitation or perhaps the mandate to cross over–to transcend our current status and seek something deeper, higher, better and find the bridge between here and there. ...

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A History of LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutional Jewish World

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021

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...

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

Posted by on Jan 27, 2021

  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...

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Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Dancing for Both Countries – Finding Fertile Ground Podcast: Stories of Grit, Resilience, and Connection

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020

Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Dancing for Both Countries – Finding Fertile Ground Podcast: Stories of Grit, Resilience, and Connection

Born in Far Rockaway in New York City, Rabbi Debra (D’vorah) Kolodny (they/them) is a veteran of social justice movements, bringing a spiritual perspective and an activist’s passion to racial and economic justice, women’s, environmental, peace, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) causes since 1981. Rabbi Debra serves as the spiritual leader of...

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Shoftim 2020/5780

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020

Shoftim 2020/5780

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim includes the famous words tzedek tzedek tirdof-which is typically translated as “justice, justice shall you pursue.” Looking first at what we call the Pshat- the plain reading of the text: what does it mean to pursue justice? In this very same parsha we read that it means No bribes and no favoritism (16:19) That you must have 2 or 3 witnesses to confirm...

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PUAH City Council Testimony – STOP COP RIOTS

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020

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...

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