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Lisa Edwards
(? - living) U.S.A.

Lisa Edwards

Rabbi

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Lisa A. Edwards has been the rabbi at Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) in Los Angeles, the oldest LGBT synagogue in the world, since August 1994 but her connections to BCC predate that. While a rabbinic student studying in Los Angeles, Rabbi Edwards was first a BCC member (from 1989) and later a student rabbi at BCC (Fall 1991-Summer 1992). She returned to BCC in her current position right after ordination.

Rabbi Edwards holds an A.B. degree from Brown University, a Master's in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where she wrote a dissertation entitled, Restoring Voices: Traditional Jewish Sources in Post-Holocaust Jewish American Fiction.

Rabbi Edwards attended rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York campuses, receiving a master's degree in Hebrew Letters in 1991 and ordination in 1994.

Rabbi Edwards and her partner, Tracy Moore (editor of Lesbiot:Israeli Lesbians Talk about Sexuality, Feminism, Judaism and Their Lives, Cassell Press, 1995), celebrated with the BCC community in November 1995, when, on their 10th anniversary, they stood together under a chupah at a ceremony co-officiated by Lisa's brother, Rabbi Laurence Edwards and Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills.

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