Congregation Kol Rinah in St. Louis will welcome Rabbi Elianna Yolkut for “Building Inclusive Communities: A Radically Welcoming Weekend” May 20-22. Yolkut is a Rabbi Without Borders who strives through challenging questions, innovative study and meaningful connection to help Jews at all life stages reach toward a deep understanding of and connection to Judaism.
A St. Louis native, Yolkut is a writer and educator who seeks innovative models for religious community-building and dynamic ways to teach Torah. She will discuss her journey from Modern Orthodox girl to openly gay Conservative rabbi, and teach participants how to have difficult Jewish conversations with their children about taboo topics, and taking guests on “a walk with the subversive side of Judaism.”
Yolkut now lives with her partner and their young twins in Washington D.C. where she serves as a community rabbi teaching, speaking and writing for GW Hillel, Adas Israel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and many other community organizations. Beginning in the summer of 2016 Elianna will be a fellow in Shalom Hartman Rabbinic Leadership Institute.
She will discuss the power of being an inclusive community, Judaism and LGBT individuals, and Judaism and sexuality.