Rabbi and Gay Rights Activist to Speak at Greenburgh Hebrew Center

First Openly Gay Orthodox Rabbi to Lecture in Dobbs Ferry

Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:00 am By: Betty Alvarez

Rabbi Steven GreenbergDOBBS FERRY, NY (July 14, 2009):  The Greenburgh Hebrew Center's renowned Scholar In Residence program welcomes Rabbi Steven Greenberg, September 11, 12 and 13, 2009.  Author of Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, Steven Greenberg is a globally recognized teacher and lecturer who is also the first openly gay Orthodox Rabbi.  Rabbi Greenberg's engaging manner, provocative subject matter and skillful storytelling have made him a highly sought after lecturer for more than a decade.
"Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a great congregation - a progressive community which welcomes everyone seeking prayer, comfort and new ideas," said Barry Kenter, who for twenty-five years has been Rabbi at Greenburgh Hebrew Center and Religious School.  "Steven's work is a remarkable contribution to the diverse fabric of Judaic thinking and practice; we are honored to be able to welcome him at Greenburgh Hebrew Center."
Rabbi Steven Greenberg will speak at dinner after Friday evening services at 6:30 pm on September 11, and will speak at a kiddush luncheon after Shabbat services on September 12.  Saturday evening at 9:00 pm, after Havdalah, he will facilitate the discussion of the film, "Trembling Before God," before Selichot services, where our own Cantor Amy Kanarek and Cantor Robin Joseph of Temple Shalom in Hastings will enhance the service with beautiful melodies.   Sunday, September 13, Rabbi Greenberg will also lead a "Bible and Bagels" discussion on the High Holy Days at 9:15 am and conduct a gender sensitivity workshop for Jewish educators beginning at 12:30 pm. 

All events will be held at Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  The general public is welcome at all of these activities. 

PRICE OF FRIDAY NIGHT SHABBAT DINNER: $20 per adult, $15 for children six and over, children under 5 are free. MAXIMUM per family is $65.  Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by calling 914-693-4260.

There is no charge for admission; we thank the Rusoff and Bierman families and the Rabbi Immanuel Lubliner Memorial  Fund for making the lecture possible.

Rabbi Steven Greenberg is a senior teaching fellow at CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, New York City.  His book, Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, is available in hardcover and paperback.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a spirited, Conservative egalitarian congregation located a few steps from the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  The synagogue hosts daily minyan and other services 365 days each year, as well as a myriad of social, cultural and educational activities and events.  For membership information please call (914) 693-4260.