First Openly Gay Orthodox Rabbi to Speak at Portland State, Jan. 17
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8794
Posted: January 3, 2007

“Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition”

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As part of the Gus & Libby Solomon Lecture Series, Rabbi Steven Greenberg will speak at Portland State on his recently finished book “Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition.” Rabbi Greenberg, who lives in New York, is the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi and his ten years of struggle, research and thought culminates in this new book.

The Gus & Libby Solomon Lecture is presented by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. The lecture series is dedicated to exploring the American Jewish experience and the ideals of social justice promoted by the Solomons throughout their lifetime.

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 7 p.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, room 355 (1825 SW Broadway Ave.).

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in PSU Parking Structure 1 (Enter on SW 6th Ave. between Harrison and Hall).

Contact: For more information contact Ann Usher at 503-725-5057 or

Background: Rabbi Greenberg has served as a senior educator for The National Center for Learning and Leadership in New York since 1985. In 1993 Rabbi Greenberg wrote a groundbreaking article entitled, “Gayness and God: Wrestlings of a Gay Orthodox Rabbi.” In response to this article, he received many supportive letters from Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews, gay and straight, and was encouraged to begin the outline of a more serious treatment of the issue.

In 1996, Rabbi Greenberg was recognized as a master educator and awarded a Jerusalem Fellowship, allowing him to study in Jerusalem for two years on educational policy issues and to research the biblical and rabbinic attitudes towards sexuality. In 1999, Greenberg became the first openly homosexual Orthodox rabbi. Since then, Rabbi Greenberg has become a public advocate for ending the silence in the Orthodox community on the issue of homosexuality in the U.S. and abroad.

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