Rebecca T. Alpert

Rebecca T. Alpert is Professor of Religion at Temple University. She is a graduate of Barnard College and was ordained as a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is the co-author of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach, with Jacob Staub; author of Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition; editor of Voices of the Religious Left: A Contemporary Sourcebook, and co-editor of Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation, with Sue Elwell and Shirley Idelson. She teaches in the areas of religion and sexuality, the politics of race and gender, Jews and sports, and religion in American public life.

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Reconstructionist Judaism in the United States

Reconstructionist Judaism was founded in America in the early twentieth century, inspired by the ideas of Mordecai Kaplan as well as modern and American influences. A fierce commitment to integrating democracy into Jewish life has ensured that, from its founding, Reconstructionism has been expansive around raising up the voices and experiences of women in Jewish religious life and leadership.


Lesbians and women’s same gender-loving has a long history in Jewish life, dating back to ancient times. Since the 1980s, particularly in the United States, Jewish lesbian thinking and activism has become a part of all facets of Jewish life.


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