As usual, Monica, you come up with sensible answers to these situations. Why aren't you a rabbi, yet :-)? @RebeccaBurns I know how hard it is to find your niche. See my answer, below. I agree, what I say is easier said than done, but, I have confidence that you can do it. — DanF49 mins ago
@DanF 5+ years of grad school (with at least two relocations), plus my Hebrew isn't good enough yet, plus I'm drifting more traditional and it'd stink to go through all that and then end up in an Orthodox shul where it wouldn't be recognized because I'm a woman. [cont]
But most importantly: why should answers like that carry more weight from a rabbi? Isn't it better if "just plain Jews" can be welcoming and thoughtful and all that? We shouldn't delegate community care and good behavior to our rabbis; we're all responsible.
"why should answers like that carry more weight from a rabbi?". They shouldn't. It's just that your answer sounds like it comes from someone who understands the practical side of what a communal rabbi would do. Have a good day. I'm outta here :-)