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 »
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 »
I recently wrote a commentary on Parshat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20–30:10) for the World Union of Progressive Judaism. But they also made a video of it! https://fb.watch/bxdOOoj9p4/ Here is the commentary: Bring your best | Parashat Tetzave “You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps…Read more »
Here is my Rosh Hashanah Sermon from 5782 This past year, has been very traumatic for all of us. More than 625, 000 Americans dead from Covid and millions infected, with continuing long term effects. More than 4.75 million people have died world-wide. Each person, someone’s sibling, parent, spouse and child. A world unto themselves.…Read more »
The word for friend/friends in Hebrew in Chavera/Chaver/Chaverim I am so thrilled to have contributed a chapter to a phenomenal new book on being and becoming an Ally. This new book “Chaver Up!“, reminds us that being an ally is a deeply Jewish value. In the book, my fellow writers and I grapple with the complexity,…Read more »
My Yom Kippur Sermon was all about big sins and small sins and particularly Micro-agression. It’s something we all need to learn about and be careful about.
I have done AIDS/HIV work for more than 30 years. In September I participated in a United Nations AIDS-PEPFAR Faith Initiative Virtual HIV Interfaith Conference. The Theme was “Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response”. Resilience & Renewal provided a space for sharing, capacity building and advocacy among people of faith involved in the…Read more »