Irwin Keller

Alum 2016, Fellow 2016
West Marin Community Fellow

Irwin Keller was nominated as a West Marin Community Fellow by Commonweal. He is a spiritual leader, performer, activist, lawyer and former drag queen. He has served as spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California, since 2008. His past legal work and activism focused on LGBTQI and HIV advocacy. He authored Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Ordinance, passed into law in 1989, and served as executive director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the Bay Area. Irwin blogs his sermons and essays on Torah, Israel, God, queerness, gender, disillusionment, hope, and finding inspiration on the fringe, on his blog, Itzik’s Well. Irwin decided in third grade to become a rabbi. Now studying in the Aleph Rabbinic Ordination Program, he is finally making good on that commitment.