Charting the New Maps: Reflections on Jewish Lesbian and Gay Life Cycle Celebrations

By Leila Gal Berner

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2000

This article asks how lesbians and gay men can fit into Judaism as they approach life cycle moments. The author looks at the experience of Leah and Ruth, a couple who used many traditional elements of the Jewish wedding ceremony while attempting to reflect the love of two women in creative and meaningful ways. The article argues that since its inception, the Reconstructionist movement has aimed to address the spiritual and intellectual needs of Jews who are devoted to the Jewish tradition and also to the truths and aspirations of the modern spirit. Thus the movement must continue to attempt to find ways to allow and encourage gay and lesbian Jews to celebrate their unique life-cycle events.

Topic: Ritual, Homosexuality, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, LGBT Issues, Marriage, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.64/No.2

Page Number(s): 23-28

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Genre: Article

Coverage: World

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Berner, Leila Gal. Charting the New Maps: Reflections on Jewish Lesbian and Gay Life Cycle Celebrations. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2000: 23-28. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4896


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