Rabbi Lisa Edwards

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim | Los Angeles, California | 61 years old
Reform | Hebrew Union College

“I became Jewish under the guidance of Rabbi Edwards. She is not just a rabbi of a synagogue; she finds time to be the personal rabbi for each individual. She leads our LGBT community through all our struggles, and she is always on the forefront for equal rights, justice and tzedakah. Rabbi Edwards inspires me to be a better Jew. I stepped out of my own hiding as a lesbian and became the person I am today because of her. I have served as president of the synagogue (probably the only Hong Kong-born Chinese lesbian president of a synagogue). Without her, I would not have been on this life changing journey.”

—DAVI CHENG (also nominated by 18 others)

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