I was so pleased to join my colleague Rabbi Jeff Salkin on his podcast “Martini Judaism” the other day with my wonderful co-author Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX. As many of you know we recently published our new book, “7 Principles for Living Bravely: Ageless Wisdom and…Read more »
Passover is almost Here
Passover is almost here. It is time to prepare family food favorites, get the Haggadot ready and of course clean out the chametz from our homes and our souls! I am pleased to share with you the Passover supplement that I co-wrote with my friend and teacher Rabbi Steve Jacobs for the California Democratic Party!…Read more »
A Benediction for Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur
This past week I had the great honor of giving the benediction at the in district swearing in of our new California State Assembly member Rick Chavez Zbur. Held at UCLA’s Freud Hall, it was a wonderful gathering of community, supporters, leaders and local politicians to celebrate long time activist and attorney Rick Chavez Zbur.…Read more »
What’s in a Name?
Last week the World Union for Progressive Judaism published my commentary on Parshat Shemot, the first Torah portion in the book of Exodus. Here is the video they made https://www.facebook.com/wupjudaism/videos/709873530667909 And here is the written commentary https://wupj.org/library/uncategorized/56798/a-good-name-parashat-shemot/
Queer Theology Podcast
I was honored to appear on this episode of the Queer Theology podcast with Brian G. Murphy and Father Shannon TL Kearns! Give a listen
Aseh l’cha Rav, Aseh L’cha Chaver: Get Yourself a Teacher, and Find a study Partner
My second day of Rosh Hashanah sermon continues my theme of reviewing the seven most important sermons that I have given through the years. As I make my way to retirement from the Pulpit, this High Holy Days I am sharing important themes and motifs that I have touch upon during my 35 years in…Read more »
This Rosh Hashanah is my last as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami as I will retire next July 2023. Here is my sermon for Day 1 of Rosh HaShanah 5783.
I was so honored to be selected by Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel to receive an honorary doctorate. It was truly moving to be acknowledged for my human rights and LGBTQ activism, my passionate Zionism and my work as a rabbi. With President Prof. Daniel Chamowitz and the Rector Prof. Chaim Hames…Read more »
A invocation for Yom Hashoa
This is the invocation I gave for the Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Remembrance, Ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles: Ruach Elohim, Holy Breath of Life: We gather on this day to recall and remember and never to forget the millions of people who were imprisoned, and tortured and murdered…Read more »
It is humbling to have your work over the life of one’s career recognized for the impact you have made. I am always a little bit overwhelmed when I am noticed. I should be over it. I have been in the public eye for a long time now. I tend to keep my head down…Read more »