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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