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Southland's Board of Rabbis breaks two barriers

May 6, 2009 |  3:35 pm

Rabbi The Southland's Board of Rabbis has marked a major milestone with its expected selection of West Hollywood's Denise Eger as president. As the Jewish Journal reports, she breaks two major barriers:

This week, the Board of Rabbis of Southern California will install Rabbi Denise Eger as its president — the first woman and the first gay rabbi to hold the position at the 72-year-old organization. And perhaps what is most notable is that her gender and her gender orientation seemed to be a non-issue for the 300 or so colleagues of all denominations who voted her in. “Honestly, I don’t think it was an issue at all,” Rabbi Mark Diamond, the Board of Rabbis’ executive vice president, said of the fact that Eger is gay. “At no point do I recall either a discussion of that or any concerns about it.” Eger, who founded Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood in 1992, has faced down some opposition, mostly from Orthodox rabbis, since she came to Los Angeles just after she was ordained in 1988.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Kol Ami