Articles written by: Ian Chesir-Teran

Rabbi Ian Chesir-Teran was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014. He is the Rabbinic Educator in Israel for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and the Manager of Diaspora Communications and Engagement for the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the Reform Movement's civil and human rights organization in Israel. Ian also maintains a part-time private US law practice. He made aliyah from New Jersey in 2009, and is a member of Kibbutz Hannaton, where he lives with his husband, Daniel, and their three children, Eliezer, Yonah and Tamar.

Family / Family-building

How Do You Measure a Decade in the Life?

Ten years have passed since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s landmark decision of Goodridge v. Dept. Public Health, which granted marriage equality to same-sex couples for the first time in the United States. Looking backwards, of course, ten years seems like the blink of an eye. But the battle cry […]

Family / Kids

Advice for Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and I have a 10-year old son with autism. I have never collected and catalogued the universe of conflicting and conflicted feelings and emotions, the blessings and challenges, that come with being part of a family with special needs.

Life / Spirituality & religion

Conflicted feelings about Phelps

I can certainly understand the urge, expressed by some, to angrily protest Phelps’s funeral as poetic justice for his own bitter behavior. Yet it seems to me that it might feel better to simply take a deep breath after Phelps has exhaled his last, and to work harder than ever to shine more light, more love, on the darkness and hatred he tried to spread.

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Family / Uncategorized

Standing on my neighbors’ shoulders

What would it be like to live in a time and a place when difference did not raise an eyebrow? Where it is no longer headline news for yet another state or country gives legal recognition to LGBT families. Where we no longer cringe at stories of LGBT women and men at home and around the world being arrested, beaten or sacrificed on the altars of fear and conformity. Where it is no longer considered “brave” or “courageous” to simply be.

Family / Life / Spirituality & religion

On Becoming a Queer Kibbutznik

When my family and I decided to move to Hannaton more than three years ago, we assumed, perhaps naively, that becoming kibbutz members would be a straightforward process. We drank from the Kool-Aid that described Hannaton as a progressive, egalitarian religious community, a description that fit(s) us to a tee.  […]

Family / Life / Spirituality & religion

Hugs from Hannaton

Ian Chesir-Teran is a rabbinical student at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Ian is also a New York-licensed attorney who practices law from his Israeli office in the Jezreel Valley.  Ian, formerly of South Orange, New Jersey, is a member of Kibbutz Hannaton, where he […]