Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Israel Institute Visiting Faculty Fellowship

Research Topic

Celebrations in LGBT Families: A Comparative Analysis of Reform Jewish Life-Cycle Rituals in the United States and Israel


Elazar Ben-Lulu is an anthropologist of religion and gender with particular interest in the intersection of LGBTQ identities and Judaism, and a member of the Azrieli Center for Israel Studies at The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During his time at the Katz Center, Ben-Lulu will be studying Jewish life-cycle rituals in American and Israeli LGBT families in Reform congregations.

Ben-Lulu completed his PhD at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with a dissertation titledGender, Prayer and Recognition in Israeli Reform Congregations.” He was previously a visiting scholar at Fordham University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Selected publications

  • 'Who Will Say Kaddish for Me?' The American Reform Jewish Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (2020)
  • 'We are Already Dried Fruits': Women Celebrating a Tu BiSh'vat Seder in an Israeli Reform Congregation, Contemporary Jewry (2020)
  • “Let Us Bless the Twilight”: Intersectionality of Traditional Jewish Ritual and Queer Pride in a Reform Congregation in Israel,” Journal of Homosexuality (2018)
  • “Reform Israeli Female Rabbis Perform Community Leadership,” Journal of Religion & Society (2017)



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