Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami and President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Denise L. Eger is a noted rabbi, leader and activist for social justice. She has been a champion of human rights. Founding rabbi of West Hollywood, CA's Congregation Kol Ami, a Reform synagogue, she is currently the President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). The CCAR is the oldest and largest rabbinical organization is North America and is the international organization of Reform Rabbis. She is the first openly lesbian or gay person in this position. Rabbi Eger was also the first woman and first LGBTQ person to be president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Eger grew up in Memphis, TN and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She received her Master's degree, Rabbinic Ordination and Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a Sr. Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem Israel.
She is a noted author, dynamic speaker and has won numerous awards and been widely recognized for her activism. Named on the most important Jewish leaders by the Jewish Forward, and Huffington Post, she has also been honored by the Human Rights Campaign, the Metropolitan Community Church, the City of West Hollywood, and the City and County of Los Angeles and named a LGBTQ hero by the City of Los Angeles and Equality Forum.