For this episode of our guest series, we’re honored and humbled to sit down with Rabbi Denise L. Eger. Rabbi Eger is the founding Sr. Rabbi of the Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood’s Reform Synagogue and is extra special to Brian since it is the congregation where he is exploring Judaism. Rabbi Eger was the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and has won numerous awards and recognition for her AIDS activism. She shares how heartbreaking, and formative, her first years as a rabbi of the first gay synagogue at the height of the AIDS crisis were and how that has shaped her approach to activism today. Listen in as we discuss progressive Judaism, LGBTQ issues and Judaism, the changing Jewish family, and power of interfaith work.
Grab a copy of her books:
Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells: A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual
Gender & Religious Leadership: Women Rabbis, Pastors and Ministers
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