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Hanukah is so much more than a pale attempt at Jewish Christmas! This Jewish festival commemorates the success of a guerilla war for minority religious freedom by Judean partisans against the might of the occupying Greco-Syrian Empire over two thousand years ago.  It is interesting, but coincidental, that Jews celebrate a holiday marking the importance of religious diversity and freedom for minorities at a time of year devoted to the holy season of the majority religion, Christianity.

Rabbi Denise Eger, an LGBTQ pioneer and leader, will help us unpack the hidden and counter-mainstream aspects of Hanukah.

Hanukah has its own queer meanings!

Rabbi Denise L. Eger (she/her) is the founding Senior Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California. Known for her LGBTQ Activism and AIDS activism, Rabbi Eger was the first openly queer Rabbi to become President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the international organization of Reform Rabbis. She is the editor of the groundbreaking collection of prayers and reflections, Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells. A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual.  (2020).