Rabbi wins 'heterosexual of the year'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

A rabbi is celebrating his status as the recipient of not one but two awards from gay rights groups.

Rabbi David Lazar was named as "Heterosexual of the year" by a gay magazine in Sweden.

The rabbi, who has served as the minister at Stockholm's Great Synagogue since 2010, won the Yakir Hakehila award - handed out by a Tel Aviv gay group - while working in Israel.

The father of five, 54, is a well-known member of Israel's Masorti movement and has played a prominent role in the fight to advance gay rights and gay marriage in Israel, where he received his previous accolade for working with gay groups.

He has continued his mission while in Sweden, working against hate speech and prejudice, and launching a Rainbow Kabbalat Shabbat event.

Rabbi Lazar has played a big role in advancing gay rights

"I could probably be in the Guinness Book of World Records," Rabbi Lazar told the Times of Israel. "I'm the only rabbi with a gay award on two continents." He said he had been wished mazeltov by members of the Orthodox community as well.

Last updated: 1:58pm, February 23 2012