The Rabbis teach that Abraham and Sarah would keep their tent open on all sides, so that they could welcome anyone who wanted to be part of their growing community.
The value of inclusion guides everything I do as a rabbi. It is one of my most fervent beliefs that Judaism is, at its core, a welcoming and inclusive way of life. And that Jewish community should be a place for everyone – regardless of ethnicity or background, whether gay or straight, inmarried or intermarried.
That’s part of the reason that in 2017 I became the first (and only) Reform rabbi in the Toronto area to perform weddings that include a non-Jewish partner. (Click here to read the sermon I delivered on the topic.)
Is your community struggling with how to be inclusive? Looking for ways to be open and welcoming that also feel authentically and traditionally Jewish? I can help! Contact me and let’s talk.
Below are some of the things I’ve written or said on the topic of inclusive Judaism.
My Big, Fat, Same Sex, Interfaith Jewish Wedding
An article I wrote for the Canadian Jewish News about a proud rabbinical moment under the chuppah with two grooms.
Break the Bonds of Injustice
My sermon from Yom Kippur morning 2020/5781 was about facing racism in our society and in ourselves.
Intermarried Families are Also Jewish Families
A call for intermarried families to be treated not as a threat but as a part of the Jewish community.
Hineini: Celebrating Jewish Choices
This is the sermon that I delivered when I decided to begin officiating intermarries. It explains the reasons for that decision, and why I believe it is good for the Jewish community and the Jewish future.
There is No Such Thing As Looking Jewish
In an increasingly diverse and interconnected world it is time to expand our idea of what Jews “look” like.
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