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Poland’s Gay Rabbi

Timothy Kincaid

June 23rd, 2009

Fox News has an interesting article about Rabbi Aaron Katz of the Reform Synagogue in Warsaw’s former Jewish quarter.

Katz is certainly an anomaly in conservative Poland, where to be either Jewish or gay is challenge enough — at least outside the cities. Of a population of 38 million, about 5,000 are registered as Jews, while thousands more have part-Jewish ancestry, and some have returned to their roots since Poland shed its communist dictatorship.

Prior to WWII, about one in ten Poles were Jewish.

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Emily K
June 23rd, 2009 | LINK

The Holocaust decimated our numbers there. Some Jews say the soil in Poland is red with Jewish blood. I’m lucky that most of my ancestors emigrated to America before the Wars.

Although I’ve heard that it is easier to be Jewish today, and that there are many laypeople who are even genuinely curious about Jewish customs and culture, rather than automatically vitriolic and suspicious.

And Katz might be an anomaly in Poland, but a gay rabbi isn’t much of an anomaly in the Reform sect. :-)

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