Rabbi Menachem Creditor is a Conservative rabbi in Berkeley, California, and a father of three. He’s been a supporter of Keshet since he was ordained in 2002. In addition to his rabbinical duties, he has recorded eight albums of Jewish folk music and is a prolific author. Keshet played a large role in his own activism by opening his eyes to a “truer potential of Jewish ritual” and helping him to remember that his training to officiate marriages wasn’t limited to straight couples.
He continues to give because “the work isn’t done yet, for all of the steps that were taken, there remain pockets of misunderstanding at the very least, and homophobia at the very worst in even the most liberal circles,” he explains. “The G-d I believe in wants us to keep working until everyone is affirmed. Despite all the work that Keshet has helped [us] do, there are Jews who are still afraid, who need constant reminders that they are loved for the totality of who they are, and that mandate will not end even when we feel successful, and there will be those who need us who do not know how to ask.”
This year Rabbi Creditor is most grateful for our resilient hearts, for the strength to open our eyes and notice the sunshine, and for the great work ahead.