Rabbi Changes from “Homophobe” to Advocate

Rabbi Peter Knoebel

On the occasion of his retirement, The Chicago Tribune features a profile of Rabbi Peter Knobel, who served Congregation Beth Emet of Evanston for 30 years.

In the story, Knobel says he was once a “homophobe,” but changed his views after serving on a rabbinic committee studying the issue of same-sex relationships. After changing his mind, he began to officiate at same-sex weddings and has become an advocate on the issue. Knobel says that one should always be prepared to change one’s mind on issues.

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