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Susan Harris

As hospital chaplain, Rabbi Susan Harris has worked to make Boston Children’s Hospital more sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ patients and families. Harris graduated from Brandeis in 1978 and was ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1984. While in rabbinical school, she joined the Jewish feminist community B’not Esh, a group she credits with helping her grow and develop as a rabbi. In 1984 she began doing interfaith and social action work for the Union of Reform Judaism, and from 1987–1988 she served as interim rabbi for Temple Emanuel in Lowell, Massachusetts. She then returned to Boston, working with Am Tikvah, an LGBTQ congregation, and helping found the Jewish Community Day School in 1995. Harris was one of the architects of the school’s pluralistic approach: JCDS is a bilingual school serving secular and religious Israeli and American families. She was also a founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Archive, and continues her work at the intersection of Judaism and gender on the board of the Brandeis–Hadassah Institute. In 2001, Harris became a chaplain at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she works with patients, serves on the Ethics Advisory Committee, and educates staff on the treatment of LGBTQ patients and families.

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Dear Rabbi Sussan Harris,>

<p>As one of the Board of the Jewish Women&#39;s Archive, you know how important our mothers were, in preserving the stories, and in the history of the community. Now is the time to support women who write after seventy years of living in our homeland.<br />
If you can spare a minute of your time, I&#39;d like to introduce myself: my name is Ilana and I am part of the Bene Israel community in Israel. I&#39;ve been involved in promoting the Indian-Jewish community in Israel for many years.<br />
The project dearest to my heart is one I&#39;ve been working on for nearly 10 years now - an anthology of women&#39;s stories, Indian-Jewish women who made Aliyah to Israel. These are untold stories that have been silenced for many years by shame, social pressure and religious oppression. And they are finally coming into the light.<br />
The book&#39;s publication depends on the success of our Headstart project: https://www.headstart.co.il/project.aspx?id=22278<br />
Would you consider sharing your knowledge of the Jewish women&#39;s world and give me advice to whom should I send information about our book in&nbsp;the USA?<br />
The book &quot;Mother India, Father Israel&quot; was written by Jewish-Indian women&#39;s in Israel about their history in this country, the &quot;stories behind the stories&quot; and the unique challenges they face.<br />
I look forward to hearing from you. Please to not hesitate to contact me for additional information.<br />
Best regards,<br />
Ilana Shazor, book editor<br />
Cell phone: +972-(0)58-564-1664&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
Email address: egbur.sin@gmail.com<br />
And<br />
Rachel Mermelstein Amram<br />
(I am a volunteer helping Ilana with the English translations and any other needed tasks)<br />
Cellphone +972-544-281676<br />
rachel@mitigate.email</p>

Susan Harris
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Photo of Rabbi Susan Harris, courtesy of Rabbi Harris.
Date of Birth
1956
Place of Birth
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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