by the Forward

Rabbi Joshua Lesser

Congregation Bet Haverim | Atlanta, Georgia | 44 years old
Reconstructionist | Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

“My rabbi is a gay man who was raised in a traditional Jewish community in a fairly conservative part of the country. He has been a model for how to have difficult conversations about deeply personal, painful things, and for how to speak my truth calmly and clearly. He has freed me from fear of difference, change and pain. He has taught me to make decisions based upon my values — not upon habits or fears — and to move forward with faith that I am doing the right thing, even in difficult circumstances.”

—AMY ROBERTSON (also nominated by one other)

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