by the Forward

Joey Wolf

Havurah Shalom | Portland, Oregon | 65 years old

Rabbi Joey — cerebral, deep, a bookaholic — has somehow managed to get this shpilkes-addled, not-so-erudite bike punk musician to care about Israel, strive to make a difference for the less fortunate in her own community and abroad, and dig deeper into a Torah that previously felt like it was shutting me out because of my orientation and gender — and to find my story and my place in it. The only awful thing about Joey is that he will retire next year. I am grateful and blessed to call him my rabbi and my friend.

— Beth Hamon

Watch Rabbi Wolf and his wife Lisa Rackner explain why marriage matters to them:

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