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  • Princeton University
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    Jewish Theological Seminary
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Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Adas Israel Congregation.
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Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel congregation in DC, makes public announcement following High Holy Days. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.. (photo credit:screenshot)
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf struggled for decades with an identity that he only acknowledged publicly this week.
On the Monday after Yom Kippur, Steinlauf, the married senior rabbi at Adas Israel - a large and historic Conservative synagogue in Washington, DC - announced that he is gay. In a letter sent to congregants, Steinlauf wrote:
Even as a child, Steinlauf recognized a "difference" in himself, he wrote, but never let that difference define him or his choice of a spouse. Steinlauf has been married for 20 years to Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, Director of Social Justice and Interfaith Initiatives at the Jewish Community Relations Council.
A letter of support from the congregation's president, Arnie Podgorsky, accompanied Rabbi Gil Steinlauf's letter.
Together with the other officers of Adas Israel, I stand with Rabbi Steinlauf. Our synagogue is strong, large, and inclusive-a big tent with room and respect for all. Rabbi Steinlauf, along with the rest of the clergy, will continue to advance new paths to Torah, making Judaism and its tools for a beautiful life more accessible for more Jews. We will continue our diverse approaches to worship, from the traditional to the innovative. At the same time, we understand that Rabbi Steinlauf will be undergoing a challenging personal transition in the coming months, and we extend to him patience and a generous spirit. Podgorsky said that Rabbi Steinlauf shared his news with the officers of Adas Israel earlier this fall.
Steinlauf has been the senior rabbi at Adas Israel since 2008, having served previously as a rabbi at Temple Israel in Ridgewood, NJ, and Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Princeton, studied at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and was ordained in 1998 at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Foer, Goldberg wrote, noted that "Rabbi Steinlauf has just discovered the most dramatic possible way to break the Yom Kippur fast."
GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement, 27 Feb 2015 [cached]
with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Congregation Adas Israel
with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
We are thrilled to welcome a national leader, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, of Congregation Adas Israel, as the spiritual guide of our Seder.
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Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel (Courtesy Adas Israel)
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., says the response to his coming out as gay has been overwhelmingly positive. (Courtesy Adas Israel)
LOS ANGELES (JTA) - Gil Steinlauf, a nationally prominent Conservative rabbi, made headlines this month when he announced to his large Washington, D.C., synagogue that he is gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years would divorce. As surprised as his congregants at Adas Israel may have been by the news, it was Steinlauf, the congregation's senior rabbi, who found himself stunned by the response to it.
"There's been so much positive energy from the congregation, and I'm getting a constant flood of emails, calls, texts and Facebook expressing every positive sentiment you could imagine," Steinlauf told JTA.
In fact, Steinlauf and some of his congregants said the response within the congregation has been exclusively positive, including a supportive letter from the synagogue's president, Arnie Podgorsky.
Steinlauf, in fact, bridged the two generations, coming of age when awareness of gays and gay issues was changing, but acceptance had not yet come in the Conservative movement.
"When I was at the Jewish Theological Seminary - I graduated in 1998 - there were plenty of gay people there, but they were all closeted because it was not a safe environment to be gay," Steinlauf recalled, noting that at the time he did not think of himself as gay.
Steinlauf was inspired by the movement's decision to increase his activism on inclusion for gays as well as other marginalized groups, such as the terrorized residents of the Darfur region in Sudan. He also began to speak about his own experiences in the course of counseling synagogue members, telling gay and lesbian congregants about being called a "faggot" by his peers as a child. It was, he said, part of his journey toward acknowledging that he is gay.
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In this, I am inspired by my colleague Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, the dynamic leader of Adas Israel congregation in Washington, DC. Shortly after the High Holidays, Rabbi Steinlauf made a momentous announcement to his community. "I am writing to share with you that after twenty years of marriage," he began, "my wife Batya and I have decided to divorce. In itself, this is a tremendous and challenging admission for a pastor, when so much rides upon religious leaders' "family values" that many delay or defer divorce for fear of professional consequences. Then, Rabbi Steinlauf bravely continued, "We have arrived at this heartbreaking decision because I have come to understand that I am gay.
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