In 1989, Jane Rachel Litman became one of the first women rabbis and the first openly LGBTQ person admitted to a rabbinical seminary. After their ordination by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Litman served as rabbi at LGBTQ-outreach congregations Kol Simcha and Sha’ar Zahav, and lectured at Loyola Marymount College, American Jewish University, and California State University, Northridge where they co-founded its Queer Studies Institute. Litman has been the board chair of the Southern California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Clinica Monsignor Oscar Romero: Healthcare is a Human Right. Litman has also been a fellow of the American Jewish World Service, and served as a member of the City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, and the boards of the Millennial March on Washington and the East Bay Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Litman is a consultant for the National Council of Churches, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the National LGBTQ Taskforce, and the Metropolitan Community Churches on religious education for alternative families. Litman is widely published in the fields of feminist and gender theory. Litman supervises the Jewish Roundtable of the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies of the Pacific School of Religion, a cutting edge institution that promotes an intersectional program of research, education, and advocacy.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jane Rachel Litman." (Viewed on December 8, 2023) <https://jwa.org/rabbis/narrators/litman-jane>.
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