On Being a Rabbi at the Margins

By Rebecca T. Alpert

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1999

The author suggests that being a "rabbi at the margins" is a fine place to be a part of, as well as apart from, the Jewish people. The author discusses her path to this valuable perspective: leaving her marriage and beginning the process of coming out, identifying as a lesbian, moving away from the center of the Reconstructionist community, and reinventing herself as a rabbi on the margins. She describes the strong sense of freedom she has experienced in this move to a marginal rabbi, being able to work with interfaith groups, speak out publicly against the death penalty and in favor of abortion rights, get involved in causes that were not of great concern to the Jewish community but in which it mattered to other religious leaders to have a Jewish presence, and to serve a population that the organized Jewish community likes to call "the unaffiliated.

Topic: Homosexuality, Feminism, Community Relations, LGBT Issues, Social Issues, Leadership, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.64/No.1

Page Number(s): 54-59

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Alpert, Rebecca T. On Being a Rabbi at the Margins. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1999: 54-59. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4174


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