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Rabbi Jordie Gerson
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Rabbi Jordie Gerson is a former Hillel campus Rabbi who has worked at the Hillels of Yale University and the University of Vermont. During Rabbinical School, Gerson had the privilege of serving Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Rabbi Gerson is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and received her ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York City in 2009.

In addition to writing for the Huffington Post, Rabbi Gerson is a contributor to the Harvard Divinity Bulletin and MyJewishLearning.com and has been published in Boston Magazine, Delicious Living! Magazine and on the website Jewcy.com. She is an experienced speaker who has spoken on topics ranging from Christian Zionism to Judaism and Feminism at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School. She currently serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, California.

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Entries by Rabbi Jordie Gerson

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora, one might even say, exile. Whether we quite like it (as I do), is, in some sense, entirely beside the point. We live outside the land of Israel, at the amiable mercies of...

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Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:17 AM

A year ago, I got a call from the president of the synagogue in the small city where I lived, "Why," he began, "Aren't you a member of our congregation yet?" he asked.

To be honest (and this is shameful to admit) it simply never occurred to me.Yes, I'm...

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Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:50 AM

Almost every time I see myself represented in American movies, television shows or advertisements, I have a beard and a kippah. Often, I'm wearing a black hat, side curls, and almost always, a white button-down shirt and black jacket. I am almost never a woman. I am, according to American...

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What Quebec's Battle Over Religious Symbols Can Teach Americans About Church-State Separation

(111) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:20 PM

In Quebec, according to the Parti Quebecois, you can wear a modest cross to your job as a judge, but not a kippah; you can wear a beard, but not a hijab. This past Sunday afternoon, my new congregation, Temple Emanu-el Beth Sholom, the oldest Reform synagogue in Montreal, hosted...

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What the Debates About the Pew Study on Judaism in America Missed

(40) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:26 PM

The Pew study on Jewish affiliation has come and gone, with enough ink spilled to render all further conversation redundant. And yet, as someone who has worked with Millennials since my ordination in 2009, a crucial piece of why I believe we're failing to connect with so many...

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