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My partner and I are expecting a baby this spring. We do not know whether we will be having a boy or a girl, but we do know that we would like to do a Jewish naming ceremony either way, and that if we have a boy we will not circumcise. We are looking for someone who would perform a brit shalom for a boy or brit bat for a girl, and who is accepting of lesbian families. Is there anyone in the the East Bay (we live in Oakland) who you would recommend?
Rabbi Andrea Berlin Temple Sinai c/o Merritt College 12500 Campus Drive Oakland, CA 94619 510-451-3263 Office Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and certain WeekendsJulie
1) A rabbi who was ordained by the Reform Movement and currently serves Kol Hadash, a humanistic congregation in the East Bay: Rabbi Jay Heyman, http://www.kolhadash.org/, http://www.shalomspirit.org/
2) A secular rabbi who leads the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews: Rabbi Judith Seid, http://www.eastbaysecularjews.org/, http://www.SecularJewishWeddings.com/
3) A rabbi from the Renewal Movement who leads a Renewal congregation in Piedmont, Kehilla Community Synagogue: Rabbi David Cooper, http://www.kehillasynagogue.org/article.php/spiritual_leadership
I'd be glad to tell you more about any of them, and to help you think through who might be the best person for your family. I run a nonprofit that helps people find ways to connect with Jewish life that will work for them. You can call me at 510-559-8140, email me at email@example.com, or look us up at http://www.jewishgateways.org/
You might also want to contact Jewish Milestones, a nonprofit that helps people find officiants for Jewish lifecycle rituals, at http://www.jewishmilestones.org/ Bridget Wynne
You can call me if you like and we can talk about what you want specifically, Dawn, 510-845-6420 x11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call the rabbis at one of the Oakland congregations - Reform: Temple Sinai 451-3263, Rabbi Chester. Renewal: Kehilla Community Synagogue 547-2424, Rabbi David Cooper.
If you are interested in just being part of an LGBT Jewish group you could participate with Out & About at Sinai, a group started and hosted by members of Temple Sinai and run by Susan Krauss (email@example.com). They have potluck dinners and go to the SF Jewish Film festival together - things like that. Dawn
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