NEW ORLEANS The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has elected a homosexual rabbi to lead the national rabbinic organization.
Rabbi Jason Klein, the executive director of Hillel at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 2006, was elected to lead the RRA during its 39th annual convention in New Orleans, which ended last week.
Klein was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Council in 2002 and graduated from Columbia University in 1997.
He grew up in Montclair, NJ. Klein spent four years as a congregational rabbi at Congregation Beth Emeth on the South Shore of Long Island, NY.
The rabbinical association also honored Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, who in 1974 became the first woman to be ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Sasso was honored in advance of her stepping down after 36 years as rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.