Denise L. Eger

Past President
CCAR
Participates in 4 items
  

Denise L. Eger was raised in Memphis, TN.  She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Religion in 1982.  She received her Master's Degree from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985 and was ordained as Rabbi in 1988 at the New York campus of HUC.

Rabbi Eger has served pulpits in Canada, New York and Los Angeles.  Following ordination, she served Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim for four years as its first full-time rabbi. She is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood's Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Eger believes that activism is an important part of her rabbinate.  She has worked extensively with people with AIDS. She served as co-chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Shanti Foundation and is a past Chair of the Spiritual Advisory Committee of AIDS Project Los Angeles.  She is past Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Search Alliance, an AIDS drug research organization. 

 In 2013 Rabbi Eger became President Elect of the Central Conference of American Rabbis which is the largest organization of Rabbis; More than 2000 Reform rabbis world-wide. In March of 2015 she became the 60th President of the CCAR becoming the first openly gay or lesbian rabbi to that position. Read her Presidential Installation speech. Rabbi Eger is a past President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis (the first woman and openly gay person to do so) and a past President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.  

In November 2008 Rabbi Eger was named one of the FORWARD FIFTY by the national Jewish newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders of the year along with Rahm Emmanuel, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sarah Silverman. And in 2010 Rabbi Eger was named to the Sisterhood Fifty, one of the  50 most important women Rabbis.      

She is a noted speaker on the topics of human sexuality, GLBT issues and Judaism, AIDS, the changing Jewish Family, Spirituality and Health issues in Judaism and Politics, Progressive Judaism and the Radical Right.  Rabbi Eger has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. Rabbi Eger blogs at the Huffington Post and daily at Walking Humbly Seeking Justice Living with Hope.

  

Items in which Denise L. Eger participates

Sunday Mar 19, 2017

4:00 PM
4:00 PM
Dana Bash
CNN
Chief Political Correspondent
Denise L. Eger
CCAR
Past President
7:15 PM
7:15 PM

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017

12:30 PM
12:30 PM
8:15 PM
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