Pastor Gives Rabbi Kidney

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: A minister and a rabbi walk into a hospital.

But the Rev. Karen Onesti and Rabbi Andrew Bossov of Mount Laurel, N.J., don’t care if people laugh-as long as they get the message that being an organ donor is the ultimate act of compassion.

On Jan. 23, Onesti, pastor of Masonville-Rancocas United Methodist Church, donated her left kidney to her friend Bossov, rabbi at Mount Laurel’s Adath Emanu-El synagogue.

Now recovering, Onesti is scheduled to return to her pulpit on Easter Sunday, and Bossov expects to be back at his synagogue in time to celebrate Passover in early April.

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