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Elliot Kukla

Elliot Kukla

Rabbi Elliot Kukla (he/they) is a rabbi, chaplain, author, artist, and activist. Elliot has been tending to the spiritual needs of grief, dying, and becoming (more) ill or disabled since 2007 and he has been engaged in justice work since 1996. He is currently faculty at Svara: A traditionally radical yeshiva where he is also the founder and director of the Communal Loss and Adaptation Project (CLAP). He 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. Elliot’s essays on disability and spirituality have been featured numerous times in the New York Times, as well as many other anthologies and magazines. In 2006, he was the first openly transgender rabbi to be ordained by a mainstream denomination (the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles) and in 2007 he trained as a chaplain at UCSF medical center. He currently lives on Oholone Land (Oakland, California) with his partner, their kid, queer chosen family, two Boston Terriers, and a cat named Turkey.

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A General Prayer for Adult Transitions, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Contributed on: 03 Jan 2022 by Elliot Kukla |

“A Prayer for Transitions” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla. He writes that this prayer was written “for all adult transitions including gender as well as things like starting medication.” . . .


A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Contributed on: 03 Jan 2022 by Elliot Kukla |

“A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla for the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and was first published in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 91. . . .


Asher Yatsar (The One Who Forms), by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Contributed on: 03 Jan 2022 by Elliot Kukla |

“Asher Yatzar (The One Who Forms): a prayer of gratitude for our bodies as transgender, nonbinary, intersex people, and everybody else” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and adapted from the blessing known by its incipit “Asher Yatsar” or “the bathroom blessing” traditionally recited after excretion of waste. The blessing is also recited as part of the birkhot hashaḥar complex of blessings recited upon waking up and becoming active. Rabbi Kukla’s blessing was first published in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 32. . . .


Prayer on the Occasion of a Premature Birth, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Contributed on: 03 Jan 2022 by Elliot Kukla |

“Blessing for a Premature Birth” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and was first published in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 48. . . .


Blessings for Gender Transitioning, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Contributed on: 03 Jan 2022 by Elliot Kukla |

“Blessings for Gender Transitioning” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla and first published on Ritualwell in 2013. . . .



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