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‘Rabbi Ted’ Alexander, inclusive religious leader, dies

Rabbi Theodore Alexander, a survivor of Kristallnacht who became an advocate for civil rights and led a San Francisco congregation for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday at his home in Danville. In his decades leading Congregation B’Nai Emunah in a windy corner of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, Rabbi Ted, as he was known, welcomed not only Jewish refugees of Nazi Germany like himself and Gertrude, his wife of 70 years, but people of color, gays, non-Jews and converts — all in an era when such inclusiveness was uncommon.
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