Responsibility, not Rights

Another Jewish value is that all human beings are created in the image of God, and it is our responsibility to create a world where every human being is valued and every baby is loved and supported.

Abortion is never an easy decision. But a tradition that values women as well as men, a tradition which teaches that we are all created in the image of God, must give women the choice over whether and when to bear children.


Rabbi Laura Geller is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, California. She is the first woman to be selected to lead a major metropolitan synagogue. A popular teacher and speaker, Rabbi Geller gave the Baccalaureate Speech at Brown University in 1986 and the Ordination Sermon at the Hebrew Union College in 1990, and she was one of the preachers in the celebration of the tercentennial of Yale University. She was the founding Chair of the Beverly Hills Human Relations Commission. Rabbi Geller graduated from Brown University in 1971 and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College in 1976. She was the third woman in the Reform Movement to become a rabbi. She is married to Richard A. Siegel, and she is the mother of Joshua and Elana Goldstein and the step-mother of Andy and Ruth Siegel.


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