Trans Jews Are Here: SUNDAY PLENARY
SUNDAY PLENARY - March 31, 3:30 PM - $36 ($50 at the door)
From Acceptance to Celebration of Trans Jewish Identity with Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty, Abby Stein and Dubbs Weinblatt, with an introduction from Masha Gessen. Trans and Non-Binary Jews of all ages and Cisgender Allies Wrap up the convening with a plenary speaker session reflecting on the strides trans and non-binary Jews have already made and what is yet to come. Speakers will address what it means to move beyond a model of mere acceptance and tolerance, and towards a celebration of trans Jewish identity.
Rafi Daugherty is a transgender Jewish man living in Denver, Colorado with his 2 children and 2 fur-babies. Rafi has extensive history working as a Jewish queer professional doing both education work and community organizing for the Jewish LGBTQI community in Colorado. Since 2015, Rafi has been pursuing his MA in counseling degree at University of Colorado, Denver with hopes to graduate this August (2019).
Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov - founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.
Dubbs Weinblatt (they/them) is the Education and Training Manager, National, for Keshet, a national organization that works for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. When they're not traveling the country facilitating LGBTQ inclusion trainings for Jewish organizations, Dubbs produces, performs and travels with Thank You For Coming Out, a queer improv show they founded celebrating the LGBTQ community and our stories. They also co-created an organization called Craft Your Truth which encourages LGBTQ young adults to discover the singular, golden thread of their unique story and, with the help of a professional performing artist, spin it into a form of creative expression that can inspire and connect them to the larger fabric of their community. Dubbs lives in Brooklyn and is obsessed with their nibling.
Masha Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the 2017 National Book Award. They have worked extensively as an LGBTQ activist in Russia as well as one of the leading voices supporting bringing to the West's attention the anti-gay violence in Chechnya.
Facilities, Accessibility, Livestream
ASL interpreters and hearing loop provided. Wheelchair accessible. Elevator on site. All gender, single stall restrooms. Event(s) will be livestreamed. Optional seating will be available for those who wish not to be filmed or photographed. 130 West 30th Street is a short distance from most public transit. Service animals welcome. In consideration to those with sensitivity to various chemical-based or scented products, we ask that convening attendees please refrain from using scented products such as hair spray, perfume, and spray deodorant inside the conference space. For those individuals with these sensitivities, please be advised CBST cannot guarantee our spaces to be fully scent-free.
Please note, online reservations close for both events Friday, March 29.
New York, NY 10001