By Elli Tikvah Sarah
‘At its heart, Judaism is about – is supposed to be about – trouble-making.’
Elli Tikvah Sarah, the first ordained lesbian rabbi to lead a mainstream synagogue in Britain, has been making trouble for as long as she can remember. She reveals her struggles over many years to be accepted as a radical pioneer and the challenges that remain to make Judaism inclusive and responsive in a changing world.
Now the leader of a successful thriving Liberal synagogue and a noted innovator of new rituals and practices Rabbi Sarah shows how it is possible to revitalise communities by enabling and supporting those on the margins such as lesbian and gay people, converts, patrilineal Jews, and families not wanting to circumcise their sons. Taking her inspiration from trouble-making prophets, the early rabbis who re-invented Jewish life and from women pioneers whose voices are rarely heard she explains how Jewish teaching: can help individuals on their journeys, be a key to cross-cultural understanding and could be the basis for a just peace in the Israel Palestine conflict.
Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah is the rabbi of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue and the Liberal Jewish Chaplain at Brighton and Sussex Universities.
“We are enormously fortunate to have Rabbi Elli as our teacher, leader and friend”
Peter Bennett Speck, Chair, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue
Paperback – 298pps – 1st February 2012