Bravo! Brava! Bravissima! to Rabbi Josh Lesser, who was bestowed the Georgia Center for Nonprofits Revolutions Leadership Award last week. Reb Lesser founded Atlanta’s Rainbow Center, a research and support center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folk that’s managed by the local Jewish Family and Career Services and sponsored by Lesser’s Reconstructionist and GLBT-welcoming congregation Bet Haverim (House of Friends).
The non-profit Rainbow Center spreads its message of tolerance to the Jewish community at large (and Atlanta’s Jewish community is massive and sophisticated, which always seems to surprise those who think there’s no Jews in Georgia) by dispatching “volunteer ambassadors” gay Jews to Hebrew day school, synagogues and other Jewish gatherings to educate and promote social justice for everyone.
I’m picturing a flock of gorgeous drag queens sweeping into a Hadassah meeting and firing up a rousing chorus of “Hinei Ma Tov,” but that’s probably my own wishful thinking. Still, I gotta figure out how to get a Rainbow caravan over to shake up Savannah I know the Senior Yenta Lunch Bunch would be so down.