The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has elected an openly gay 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 on Wednesday. It is the first national rabbinic association of one of the major Jewish denominations in the United States to be led by a gay man, according to the group.
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.