(JTA) — A gay magazine in Sweden has given a local rabbi its “Heterosexual of the year” award.
Rabbi David Lazar received the award from the gay Swedish magazine QX at a gala last week. The rabbi of Stockholm’s Great Synagogue, the 54-year-old Lazar has initiated events aimed at gay Jews.
Before his post in Sweden, Lazar had worked as a rabbi In Israel with the Masorti movement, the Israeli affiliate of Conservative Judaism.
In Israel, Lazar stirred controversy within the Masorti movement by officiating at same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Lazar had previously been honored by a Tel Aviv gay community group.
“I could probably be in the Guiness Book of World Records,” Lazar told The Times of Israel. “I’m the only rabbi with a gay award on two continents.”