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2019’s Trans Jews are Here Convening
The Trans Jews are Here convening brought together trans and non-binary Jewish individuals, including some of our very own spiritual leaders, artists, educators, performers, and more, to celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Here is a selection of the material from the weekend:
Trans Jews are Here: A Convening Plenary with Rafi Daugherty, Masha Gessen, Abby Stein, and Dubbs Weinblatt - video
Queer Midrashim from Rabbah Rona Matlow, including her midrash on Jacob that debuted at the convening
Lev Yodea Marat Nafsho: Trans Bodies and Self-Determination in Halachah source sheet from Laynie Soloman
The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy Ladin
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. Available for purchase online and on site at CBST. You can find more of Joy's work on her website, or watch the video of her conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz at CBST in February 2019.
TransTorah helps people of all genders to fully access and transform Jewish tradition, and helps Jewish communities to be welcoming sanctuaries for people of all genders. Visit their website for more information and resources including blessings for transitioning gender, chest binding, trans and gender non-conforming weddings, pre-surgery mikveh ritual, and more.
Trans Day of Remembrance - 'A Memorial Prayer' by Rabbi Reuben Zellman
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
From his perspective as an Orthodox scholar and rabbi and committed ally to the trans world, here at CBST, Rabbi Moskowitz studies, writes, and teaches on trans issues and Jewish sources, creating a body of work that Jews all over the world will be able to use. He represents CBST, speaking and teaching on these topics in other communities. Email Rabbi Moskowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org and read some of his teaching below:
What the Torah and Talmud Teach Us About Calling Transgender People By Their Names - Tablet (with Seth Marnin)
The Torah of Action - My Jewish Learning
I'm A Boy And These Are My Clothes - The New York Jewish Week
For more articles and resources from Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, visit his website or CBST page.