Elliot Kukla

( he/they )

Elliot Kukla is a rabbi, chaplain, author, artist, and activist. His writing appears in many places including Them, the Los Angeles Times, and regularly in The New York Times and Sunday Review. He was the first openly transgender rabbi ordained by a denomination in Judaism, Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, in 2006. Elliot was a rabbi at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center from 2008 to 2021 where he co-directed Kol Hanshama, the multiple award-winning volunteer spiritual care hospice program (in collaboration with the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living). He is currently the founder and director of the Communal Loss and Adaptation Project (a project of SVARA). He is a visual artist with Sins Invalid, the political arts and education group that helped create the Disability Justice movement in the early 2000s, and he is active with a number of other BIPOC led Disability Justice groups. He lives on Ohlone Land (otherwise known as Oakland, CA) with his partner, their kid, chosen family, a Boston Terrier, a cat named Turkey, and a few hundred house plants.

Blog posts by Elliot Kukla

Communal Loss Adaptation Project

back to catalog Communal Loss Adaptation Project Led by Rabbi Elliot Kukla Thursdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 22 (skip Thanksgiving, Nov. 24)…