Rabbi Elliot Kukla provides spiritual care in San Francisco to people living with mental or physical illness and grief, as well as those coming to the end of life in hospice and nursing homes. He also co-directs a Jewish spiritual care hospice program. His articles on Judaism and gender diversity, illness and healing are published in numerous magazines and anthologized widely. Elliot was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2006 and trained in chaplaincy at UCSF Medical Center in 2007. He lives in Oakland with his partner and a mélange of animals.
By Elliot Kukla
This year, Rosh Hashanah is a time of mourning
Yesterday, the sun did not rise in my Bay Area home. My toddler who usually wakes at dawn, slept until 9am and woke up confused, pointing to a dark umber colored sky, obliterated by clouds of smoke from wildfires billowing all over the West Coast. Even the hummingbirds and bees in my backyard were disoriented….
For Centuries, Jewish Tradition Has Recognized Trans People
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The events of November 8 changed what it means for me to be a Jew in America. I am a transgender, queer, chronically ill and disabled rabbi. My father was a hidden child in the Holocaust. Some of my grandparents survived concentration camps and others were murdered by Nazis. Currently, I offer spiritual care to…
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Vegas, It Isn’t: How Israeli Elections Sent Shockwaves through the Israel-Diaspora Relationship
OFJCC Campus in Palo Alto, CA
Dec 11, 2022
5 pm ET ·
Do the recent Israeli elections have an impact on the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry? Bear witness as rock stars of Israeli policy come together for a frank conversation about the Israeli elections as seen from the vantage points of statecraft, diplomacy, academia and politics.