Rabbi Denise L. Eger and Congregation Kol Ami is often mentioned in the media, across the nation. Below is a central hub of articles related to our community.
A Look at the Faces of LGBTQ+ Progress in the Jewish World (JOOL / June 12,2022)
LGBTQ youth face terrifying new threats. How should the Jewish community respond? (The Foward / June 14, 2022)
Hear Our Voice: Celebrating Women Rabbis as Liturgists (Rabbi Eger on the panel)
Recipients of Ben Gurion University Honorary Award (Ynet / May 16, 2022)
Kol Ami’s Gala made it to the Jewish Journal (Jewish Journal /May 13, 2022)
Inspiring Conversations with Rabbi Denise L. Eger of Congregation Kol Ami (Voyage LA / May 13, 2022)
Thirty Years Later: Rising From the Ashes of the 1992 Riots including Rabbi Eger’s reflection (Jewish Journal / April 28, 2022)
Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate (Reform Judaism / April 28, 2022)
Rabbi Denise Eger: A Trailblazer in the LGBTQ Community (Jewish Journal, March 17, 2022)
Welcoming the Stranger: How Reform Congregations are Taking Action for Refugees (Religious Action Center, February 25)
News of cure for AIDS is a beacon of hope for millions, says longtime activist Rabbi Denise Eger (WehoVille, February 18)
Rabbi Levy Wrote SoCal Jewish News’ Shabbat Message (February 18)
Jewish protections expanded in West Hollywood (Beverly Press, February 9)
Bring Your Best – Parashat Tetzave (World Union for Progressive Judaism, February 4)
Kol Ami wins Best House of Worship at LA Blade Awards
Rabbi Eger in “Holy Sparks” exhibition: In Manhattan, 24 women artists celebrate 24 women rabbis who blazed a trail (JTA, January 31)
Believe Out Loud’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day Prayer (Believe Out Loud, January 26)
Queer people need God, too: Spirituality focus of LGBTQ symposium in Allentown (NPR WLVR, January 24)
The story of the lesbian Rabbi who cared for dying AIDS patients (GCN Ireland, December 22)
Long-Term Survivors of HIV/AIDS Speak at Congregation Kol Ami (Jewish Journal, December 9)
Rabbi Eger is one of Three Trojan Women Who Have Made History in the LA Times (Los Angeles Times, December 5)
Congregation Kol Ami Marks World AIDS Day (Los Angeles Blade, November 30)
Congregation Kol Ami To Host World AIDS Day 2021 Event (The Pride LA, November 30)
In the past month Rabbi Eger participated in these community events:
- Jews for Justice conference-for young Jewish progressive social media influencers (Featured Speaker). Rabbi Eger spoke about being a progressive Zionist and how to work with Progressive organizations. She also did an ask the Rabbi session with her colleague Rabbi David Wolpe
- The Reform Pension Board quarterly meeting as a Trustee
- Progressive rabbis conversation with the leaders of AIPAC
- Helped to organize and lead the Pre-Shabbat Social Justice program for the California Democratic Party.
- Appeared on the radio show Uncommon Democrat discussing the Jewish view of Abortion and reproductive Justice rights.
Interview: The High Holy Days with Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Sr. Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami West Hollywood’s Reform Synagogue (WeHoVille, September 5)
Rabbi Eger was a guest on Rabbi Micah Streiffer’s Seven Minute Torah podcast. Rabbi Eger talked for conversation about torah portion Va’etchanan, the concept of God’s oneness, and what that means for our relationships with people.
Sharon Stone Joins Prominent Activists at Groundbreaking of WeHo AIDS Monument (WeHo Times, June 6) Rabbi Eger is mentioned.
Rabbi Eger featured on Hebrew Union College: Alum Spotlight , our member Eliana Rubin was featured in the Student Spotlight section (May 26, 2021)
Rabbi Eger on CBS News: Police Patrols To Increase Across SoCal As Anti-Semitic Violence Spikes (CBS News, May 21, 2021)
Rabbi Eger is filming a video for THE LAVENDER EFFECT’s Live Virtual Pride Parade on May 30
First John A. Altschul Leadership Award presented: New prize named for Kol Ami founding president (WeHoVille, April 28, 2021)
Logal LGBT online magazine WeHoville advertises Kol Ami-sponsored talk between West Hollywood and Tel Aviv (April 20, 2021)
Rabbi Eger participated in We Are All God’s Children, a webinar-discussion about the LGBTQ+ community with Cerritos College chief of police Don Mueller. Read about the event here (April 13, 2021)
Rabbi Eger wrote an article in this new book “Chaver Up!”, which reminds us that being an ally is a deeply Jewish value. The 49 diverse Jewish spiritual leaders in the book have written some really wise and moving pieces, grappling with the complexity, messiness, and human fallibility of allyship, as well its beauty, holiness, and power to restore good. Let’s all “Chaver Up!”—or “ally up”—together. The book is out now in paperback and as an e-book: https://bit.ly/chaverup
Kol Ami Rabbi Denise Eger Receives Honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University (Jewish Journal/March 19, 2021) – The university announced on March 17 that it will be presenting the degree to Eger because of her work as a Jewish leader, AIDS and LGBTQ activist, author and founding rabbi of the West Hollywood Reform synagogue.
Learning to Listen: Rabbi Eger on the Money Loves Women podcast (March 17, 2021)
5 Trojan women who have made history (USC Dornsife/March 5, 2021) – In honor of Women’s History Month, USC Dornsife celebrates alumnae who have made their mark on history, including Rabbi Eger .
- Rabbi Eger opened the official AIPAC’s Purim 2021 message on the legacy of Queen Esther
- Rabbi Eger has been a guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the Practical Rabbinics class teaching about Weddings and Funerals and LGBTQ life
- Rabbi Eger has spoken to the Pittsburgh Jewish Community about LGBTQ inclusion and best practices
- Rabbi Eger was part of a panel on Women and Entrepreneurship in the Jewish Community for Artist 4 Israel Webathon
- Rabbi Eger was the featured speaker for the International gathering of the LGBTQ Ambassdors Leadership Program of Israel’s Agudah, the
- Rabbi Eger participated in the CCAR Past Presidents gathering
- Rabbi Eger taught a class on Parshat Beshalach for our Congregation Or Chadasch in Vienna, Austria
- Rabbi Eger co-authored with Rabbi Steinman the newly published study and discussion guide for Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells- which is a 4 lesson set aimed at teens and adults on LGBTQ issues and Judaism
- available free for download at pride.ccarpress.org
Rabbi Eger appeared on the podcast LGBTQ STORIES
Navigating COVID: Our Ancestors Pointed the Way, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s interview with the editors of ReformJudaism.org.
Seeing Ourselves in Torah, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s commentary for Parshat Ki Teitzei.
Rabbi Eger appeared on the Podcast: Campfires and Color Wars.
What the Torah Teaches about the Use (and Abuse) of Political Power, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s commentary on Parshat Shof’tim.
What Torah Says about Economic Equity, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s commentary on Parshat R’eih.
“Revelation is Progressive”: Our Responsibility to Live in Pursuit of Holiness, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s Torah commentary for Parshat Eikev.
What Torah Requires of Us, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s Torah commentary for Parshat Va-et’chanan.
How Moses Found His Voice – and How We Can, Too, Rabbi Max Chaiken’s recently published Torah commentary. Over the next couple of months, Rabbi Chaiken will be a featured commentator for Deuteronomy on ReformJudaism.org.
Amid the pandemic and protests, celebrating 50 years of marching for LQBTQ rights, Rabbi Eger’s Op-ed in The Forward, June 21, 2020
Rabbi Eger’s book, Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells, a celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual was published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. It is available for purchase here.
Rabbi Eger was quoted in an article in the Beverly Press about celebrating Passover during shelter in place.
Rabbi Eger was interviewed about her book, “Where Pride Dwells,” on the Women Rabbis Talking Podcast, March 27. 2020
On the anti-semitic graffiti in West Hollywood, January 19, 2020
Rabbi Eger interviewed on Sidebar with John Duran, December 6, 2019
Israel is the Only LGTBQ Safe Haven in the Middle East, Rabbi Eger’s column in the Jewish Journal, November 13, 2019
Rabbi Eger’s Book was published, Gender and Religious Leadership
Rabbi Chaiken interviewed in The Holilday Dilemma, Tablet, September 17, 2019
Rabbi Eger Honored for Jewish American Heritage Month, Jewish Journal, June 5, 2019
Garcetti Vistis Israel, Kol Ami Turns 27, Jewish Journal, May 22, 2019
- Criticized for Screening Anti-Occupation Documentary, WeHo Now Will Show a Film More Favorable to Israel, WEHOville, April 30, 2019
- Understanding Human Connection, 10 Minutes of Torah Podcast “On the Other Hand,” ReformJudaism.org, April 29, 2019, refers to Rabbi Eger’s leadership on LGBTQ issues
- Jewish Community Protests WeHo City Council’s Showing of Anti-Israel Film ‘1948’, Jewish Journal, April 17, 2019
Rabbi Chaiken named as a InterfaithFamily Rukin Rabbinic Fellow
Zioness Teach-In Discusses Difficulty of Being a Progressive Zionist, Jewish Journal, January 14, 2019
The Freedom of Being Bound to One Another in Covenant, Davar Acher for Ten Minutes of Torah, ReformJudaism.org, January 15, 2019
The Gay Synagogue I Didn’t Know I Needed, ReformJudaism.org December 5, 2018
WeHo Shabbat Honors the Transgender Community The Pride LA November 18, 2018
Congregation Kol Ami Prays for Pittsburgh Los Angeles Blade October 31, 2018
A Time for Healing, Prayer and Remembrance Los Angeles Blade October 30, 2018
Meet Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, VoyageLA June 26, 2018
Max Chaiken Named First Full-Time Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kol Ami, Wehoville April 26, 2018
Table for Five: Five Takes on the Weekly Parsha Jewish Journal November 16, 2017
Trump’s “Religious Freedom” Executive Order: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothingwww.newnownext.com May 4th, 2017/ Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Alumna Rabbi Denise L. Eger is a voice of the people dornsife.usc.edu June 29th, 2016/ Michelle Boston
Israel’s First Out Transgender Officer Gets Personal at Congregation Kol Ami lapride.com, June 27th, 2016/ Karen Ocamb
Transgender Israeli Soldier Speaks at WeHo’s Congregation Kol Ami wehoville.com, June 25th, 2016
After Orlando, Heartbroken, but with resolve jewishjournal.com June 15th, 2016
More than 2,000 gather at L.A. City Hall to mourn ‘those amazing, precious souls in Orlando’ latimes.com June 13th, 2016
Rabbi Denise L. Eger is honored alongside Mayor Garcetti and others by the Stonewall Democratic Club thepridela.com April 22nd, 2016
American Jews helped create prayer space equality at Kotel jewishjournal.com February 11th, 2016
How ‘Transparent’ is Reshaping Image of Transgender Jews (featuring quotes from Rabbi Denise Eger) forward.com
CCAR Condemns Deceptive Campaign against Planned Parenthood ccarnet.org, July 27th, 2015
CCAR Condemns Attack on South Carolina Church ccarnet.org, June 18th, 2015
Rabbi Eger is a featured speaker in the Plenary Session LGBT Equality Discussion at the Consultation on Conscience, Washington D.C. April 26 – 28, 2015
“Rabbi Denise Eger seeks to open doors wider to all Jews” Jewish Journal, March 3rd, 2014/ Tess Cutler
“Reform rabbis gather in Philadelphia to appoint first openly gay president” NewsWork.org, March 12th, 2015/ Kimberly Haas
“Rabbi Denise Eger To Become First Openly Gay President Of The Central Conference Of American Rabbis” Huffington Post, March 13th, 2015/ Antonia Blumberg
“Largest Rabbinical Organization In North America Welcomes First Openly Gay President” Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com, March 15th, 2015/ Molly Daly
“First openly gay president of Reform Judaism rabbi group to be installed” Philly.com, March 15th, 2015/ Alan J. Heavens
“Lesbian Rabbi Is to Become President of Reform Group” New York Times, March 15th, 2015/ Rachel Zoll for the Associated Press
“Rabbi Denise Eger Becomes First Openly Gay Leader of Reform Judaism’s Largest Group” WEHOVille.com, March 15th, 2015
“U.S. Reform Jewish group welcomes first openly lesbian president” National Monitor, March 15th, 2015/ Katharine Gripp
“HRC Religion Council Member Becomes First LGBT President of Central Conference of American Rabbis” HumanRightsCampaign.org, March 16th, 2015/ Michael Toumayan
“US Reform Judaism appoints first gay woman as top rabbi” GayStarNews.com, March 16th, 2015/ Andrew Potts
“US Reform Jewish rabbis appoint lesbian president” PinkNews.co.uk, March 16th, 2015/ Nick Duffy
“The Rise of LGBT Rights Is An Existential Threat to Conservative Religious Groups” ThinkProgress.org, March 17th, 2015/ Jack Jenkins
“Op-ed: Religions Must Open Their Doors to LGBT Members” TheAdvocate.com, March 17th, 2015/ Rabbi Denise L. Eger
“First a Deadly Car Crash, Now a Bright New Facade for Congregation Kol Ami”, WEHOVille.com, February 13th, 2015/ Henry (Hank) Scott
“Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayechi with Rabbi Denise Eger”, Jewish Journal, January 2nd, 2015/ Shmuel Rosner
“What does Judaism Say About LGBT People?”, Advocate.com, December 3rd, 2014/ Rabbi Denise Eger
“L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures: Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion called ‘Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?’” Advocate.com, November 14th, 2014/ Stevie St. John
Introducing “Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions”, CCARAVBLOG, August 20th, 2014/ Andy Kahn
Faith Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Religious Exemption For LGBT Hiring Non-Discrimination, Huffington Post, July 8th, 2014/ Antonia Blumberg
Biden’s LGBTQ Message carries Jewish echoes, Jewish Journal, April 2nd, 2014/ Rabbi Denise L. Eger
What Fred Phelps Didn’t Learn From Sodom and Gomorrah, Huffington Post, March, 21st, 2014/ Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Why L.A.? Why Women? And Why Now? Lilith.org, Fall 2013/ Liz Safirstein Leshin
September 20, 2013
It Happened Again (and Again), Huffington Post, November 20th, 2013/ Rabbi Denise L. Eger
4 Influential WeHo’ans in the Fight Against Prop 8, WehoVille, June 26th, 2013/ Dan Watson