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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Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 2/12/19

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 2/12/19

Whether at the city, state or federal level, our voices will be heard this week! Together let’s say no to surveillance of people based on race, religious and political belief, lets address the houseless crisis at its root and cap rent increases and end no-cause evictions and finally, let’s fight for the strongest protections against workplace harassment in the US! Looking forward to seeing you...

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Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 2/7/19

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 2/7/19

We are so blessed in Oregon to have so many opportunities to lobby our legislators in Salem. While we heartily encourage all people of faith to join us on March 4 for Interfaith Advocacy Day, if you are filled with fervor and ready to advocate, we also encourage you to add a second or third lobby day to your schedule. Together we can build the world we dream! Join us at our next Interfaith...

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Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 1/31/19

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 1/31/19

We have three deeply meaningful actions to alert you about this week, each speaking to the heart of a major challenge today. First, a petition to protect those must vulnerable in our horribly broken immigration system by following the money and demanding that Chase Bank and Wells Fargo stop working with ICE as part of the #familiesbelongtogether effort. Next, an opportunity to confront the...

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