RABBI DENISE EGER
The founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood´s Reform synagogue, Rabbi Denise Eger made history this year when she became the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, North America´s oldest and largest rabbinical organization. It was the culmination of her life´s work standing up for our community in the context of spirituality. She officiated the first legal same-sex wedding in California for Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, the lesbian couple whose lawsuit launched the nationwide marriage equality campaign. She also led California religious leaders to challenge Proposition 8 in 2008. Raised in Memphis, Eger has served pulpits from coast to coast, as well as in Canada. Activism is an integral part of her rabbinate, and she is guided by her denomination. “Reform Judaism is a leader in uplifting LGBTQ rights and our dignity,” says Eger. “Any tradition that denies you for being a lesbian isn´t really showing the divine Power of the Universe. I stand proudly as a Reform Rabbi to challenge the injustices done to LGBTQ people.” -SJ
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