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Finding Home:  Accessibility in the Jewish View of the World, Guided by Rabbi Bill S.Tepper

  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom

“Am I welcome here?”

“Is there a place for me?”

“Is this community my spiritual home?”

Such are questions asked by those possessing physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual challenges. And such are questions encountered by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. For millennia, our Jewish tradition has endeavoured to respond to the needs of those in search of spiritual embrace; persons seeking accessibility; persons on a quest for the religious community they will call home.

In our program, we will explore both sacred texts – Torah, rabbinic commentary, codes of law – and contemporary perspectives. We will examine where the different movements in Judaism position themselves on the subject of accessibility. We will ask questions, while striving – if not always successfully – to acquire answers. The thought, opinion, feeling and experience of all participants is warmly invited.

Rabbi Bill S. Tepper was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2008. For eight years he served Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by three years, on a commute-basis, with Temple Shalom in Winnipeg. Currently, Rabbi Tepper is a Jewish educator and guest rabbi with communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. A former high school Drama and English teacher, Rabbi Tepper resides in Toronto – his native city – with his wife Deborah and son Max.