The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) -- the rabbinical arm of the Reform movement -- today installed Rabbi Denise Eger, a lesbian, as its first openly gay president, the Forward (Jewish) website reports.
Eger, 55, was inaugurated this morning at the CCAR's annual convention in Philadelphia. She succeeds Richard Block.
The founding rabbi of the Kol Ami synagogue in Los Angeles, Eger has been on the CCAR board of trustees for four years. She was ordained in 1988.
Eger first announced her lesbian sexual orientation in an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1990. She is now engaged to be married to another woman.