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July 22, 2011

Joint Statement in Response to Yehuda Levin on the Death of Leiby Kletzky 

 The murder of Leiby Kletzky was a tragic event that has brought together people of all faiths and creeds in grief and heartache. Young Leiby's death reminds us that consolation comes from all peoples, not just peoples of a particular stripe. 

 The disgusting attribution made by Yehuda Levin, that young Leiby's death happened because of the recent acceptance of same sex marriage in the state of New York is a bastardization of Jewish law and a deep insensitivity to the family of this innocent and sweet child. Yehuda Levin's public displays are an abomination. 

 Some in the Jewish faith might be opposed to marriage for gay men and lesbians while others celebrate this law as a watershed moment of our religious history . In essence, those differing views are the beauty of Judaism; different colors and voices that make the tapestry and harmony of the Jewish religion.  As our Sages teach: “These and these are the voice of the Living God.” But, no one in our tradition can take any comfort in the senseless death of this young boy, regardless of his religion, background or orientation. 

 Our good senses might tell us to ignore such fringe behavior exemplified by Yehuda Levin. However, trivializing the murder of this boy undermines the very core principles that are undeniably part of our Jewish faith. For this reason, we cannot sit by silently while the props and garb of Judaism are being used in disguise to espouse un-Jewish behavior. 

 We condemn, without reservation, these deeply painful correlations of Leiby's death. We offer our condolences to the Kletzky family. May Leiby Kletzky's soul be bound in the bond of life. May his memory be a blessing. 

 Rabbi Denise  L. Eger, Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood, CA 

 Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, Temple Emanu-El, Closter NJ 


June 28, 2011

Click here to read Rabbi Denise Eger's blog post, "Preparing for Same-Gender Weddings" republished in the the Jewish Journal

May 26, 2011

Temple member and attorney Laura Brill wrote the following Op-Ed that appeared in the Orange County Register on the anniversary of California Supreme Court decision upholding Prop 8.  Mazel Tov!

Laura W. Brill: It's time for Prop. 8 opponents to re-engage

May 26, 2011|By Laura W. Brill

This week marks the two-year anniversary of the California Supreme Court's unfortunate decision upholding Proposition 8 as a valid exercise of the state's initiative process. A coalition argued that under the state Constitution, members of a minority group cannot be stripped of the fundamental right to marry based on the vote of a bare majority. The court, however, disagreed.

Click here for the full article.

 Past Kol Ami President Speaks at HUC Graduation

Our past president Cary Davidson a member of the Union for Reform Judaism Board of Trustees and Vice Chair of the URJ West District and member of the HUC-JIR Board of Overseers for th LA Campus delivered these remarks at the recent graduation ceremonies of HUC-JIR. Master Degrees were conferred in the areas of Jewish Education, Hebrew Letters, NonProfit Management and Doctoral degrees were conferred in each of those areas as well. Thank you Cary for representing us

Cary Davidson

Click here for a full transcript of Cary's remarks.

May 17, 2011

L.A. leaders visit White House in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

Four leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community were among about 200 people who met President Barack Obama during a White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Click here for the full article about Rabbi Eger's trip to the White House. 

April 29, 2011

Interview with Lesbian Rabbi Denise Eger

By Brandy Black -

Rabbi and Ben - HRC  

With our theme being “Religion” in the month of April, I made a call to Rabbi Denise Eger whom I saw at the Human Rights Campaign Gala this year.  We were able to talk a bit about how her influence as a lesbian Rabbi has helped the Jewish community and LGBT folks.

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Reform Jewish Rabbinate Elects New Leader

As president, Rabbi Stein is the senior governing officer of the CCAR Board of Trustees. He is joined by six other officers: President-Elect Rabbi Richard Block (Cleveland, OH), Vice-President of Financial Affairs Rabbi William Kuhn (Philadelphia, PA); Vice-President of Leadership Rabbi Amy Schwartzman (Falls Church, VA); Vice President of Member Services Denise Eger (Los Angeles, CA), Vice-President of Organizational Relationships Rabbi David Stern (Dallas, TX); and Vice President of Programs Rabbi Robert Loewy (New Orleans, LA).

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Forty New Orlinian Christian, Muslim and Jewish Clergy Engage Over Each Other's Texts and the Challenges They Present

Interfaith Dialogue at Convention of Reform Rabbis Yields Insights, Bonds


NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - More than 40 New Orleans Muslim, Jewish and Christian clergy from a spectrum of denominations and movements joined the convention of the world's Reform rabbis to engage in a dialogue on potentially divisive texts, utilizing them as an avenue for exploring wider issues.

The goal of the event, which took place at the 122nd annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), was to renew mutual understanding and reach new insights about interreligious approaches to addressing societal problems and advancing civil society.

The New Orleans clergy sat in circles with attendees of the convention, which includes 500 Reform rabbis from all over North America. (CCAR is the professional organization of nearly 2,000 Reform rabbis, the world's largest group of Jewish clergy.) The starting point of each discussion was a critical look at select texts, including Ecclesiastes 12 and 13, Galatians 3, Babylonian Talmud Berkhot 6b, Qur'An 9:5 (Repentance) and Qur'An 3:110 (Family of Imran).

Among the reflections shared:

  • We are not alone in struggling with our own texts. Clergy of different faiths find commonalities in shared struggles.

  • Dialogue is particularly valuable in our divisive era.

  • Religious leaders of different faiths experience the same God, but in distinct ways.

  • Interreligious dialogue elevates a spirit of cooperation, which is especially important, given the destructiveness of intolerance.

  • Openness is extraordinary and brings a deeper appreciation of other denominations and movements.

Event leaders included Rabbi Robert H. Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA; Imam Omar Suleiman, Imam of Masjid Abu Bakr (Jefferson Muslim Association) in New Orleans; Reverend Don Frampton, Senior Pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans; Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA.

This program was made possible by the generous support of the Leichtag Family Foundation as well as Men for Reform Judaism.

Note to Journalists: To attend the CCAR Convention, obtain schedule of events or to arrange a conversation with the leaders of the CCAR, please contact Itay Engelman at Sommerfield Communications at 212-255-8386 or

About the Central Conference of American Rabbis 2011 Convention

The 122nd annual Central Conference American Rabbis convention is taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, through March 30. More than 500 Reform Rabbis have gathered to share plans to build and maintain communities. Highlights include sessions on interfaith dialogue, sustainability and custodianship of the Earth.

About The CCAR

The Central Conference of American Rabbis, founded in 1889, is the oldest and largest rabbinic organization in North America. As the professional organization for Reform Rabbis, the CCAR projects a powerful voice in the religious life of the American and international Jewish communities. The CCAR has a rich history of giving professional and personal support to Reform rabbis, providing them opportunities for study, professional development and spiritual growth throughout their careers, and into retirement. The CCAR is uniquely positioned to meet the ever-changing needs of the Reform Jewish community. For more information please visit the CCAR's website at


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