LGBTQ clergy tackle tough issues ahead of Trump presidency

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Transgender rights. Same-sex marriage. Federal protections against discrimination. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, some of the hard won rights and protections that the LGBTQ community have gained in recent years are once again in the national spotlight. President-elect Trump has appointed several members to top government posts that have supported so-called religious freedom […]

Saying “I Do” to All That Needs to Be Done: My Upcoming Marriage in a Trump Presidency

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Gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser writes about his upcoming wedding, and about that same conversation that every engaged same-sex couple is having – to get married quickly, before January 20th. The night of the election early into the morning, my partner, Alex and I were exhausted. We took time out from our political commentary and analysis before […]

Bet Haverim Celebrating 18 Years With Lesser

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Since becoming Congregation Bet Haverim’s spiritual leader in 1999, gay Rabbi Joshua Lesser has made a mark on the Reconstructionist synagogue and beyond. Membership at Bet Haverim has risen 300 percent, and the congregation has become a model for inclusivity while ending decades of wandering through private houses and rented spaces by moving into its […]

2014: Good News

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Gay and transgender Jewish leaders and activists were asked what was the best news they’ve received this year, and what do they wish for 2015. Here are their answers. Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge, San Francisco: “For me, the best news of 2014 was a trio of transgender related stories. The success […]

An Evening with Matt Nosanchuk

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Matt Nosanchuk, White House’s Jewish Liaison and director of Outreach for the National Security Council, will discuss Jewish issues and DOMA during a visit to Atlanta at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2676 Clairmont Road N.E. The open forum is sponsored by Congregation Bet Haverim and the Anti-Defamation League . Rabbi […]