Joshua Lesser

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Rabbi Joshua Lesser leads the dynamic Congregation Bet Haverim as a place dedicated to celebrating all aspects of Jewish life and creating a spiritual home that balances the needs of a diverse community. He served in the first Teach for America Corps in New Orleans, founded the Rainbow Center, a Jewish response to LGBTQ people and their families. He is the co-editor of the groundbreaking book Torah Queeries: A Weekly Commentary on the Hebrew Bible. He was named one of the 36 most influential rabbis in North America in 2013 and listed as one of the 100 most notable LGBT clergy in American by Huffington Post.

Throughout his tenure at Bet Haverim, Rabbi Lesser has worked with a wide variety of groups and coalitions to build a better community for Atlanta by focusing on building bridges between diverse communities as demonstrated through being a founder and past president of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and serving as the co-chair of Georgians Against Discrimination. Taking positions as the chair of Reconstructionist movement's Tikkun Olam Commission and the board of Georgia Equality, he is solidly dedicated to human rights for all. Recently, he has completed the Lev Shomeiah Spiritual Direction program.

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Children and Death

Helping children navigate loss after the death of a loved one
There is no life without loss. Helping children navigate death and loss is extremely important because they are beginning to assimilate new information, which can be painful. The role of parents is to...
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