A Rainbow Thread, Noam Sienna NYC Book Launch & Reading

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CBST is so excited to celebrate the NYC launch of Noam Sienna's groundbreaking new collection A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969. Join us at 6:30 PM for a short program of readings and Q&A with the author, in conversation with Rabbi Yael Rapport, followed by a book signing table with plenty of time to nosh and celebrate. Whether you've been waiting for this anthology for a year or are just hearing about it for the first time, join us to learn more and welcome this phenomenal new resource into our community. 

More about the book: Spanning almost two millennia and containing translations from more than a dozen languages, Noam Sienna's new book, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969, collects for the first time more than a hundred sources on the intersection of Jewish and queer identities.

Covering poetry, drama, literature, law, midrash, and memoir, this anthology suggests that Jewish texts are not just obstacles to be overcome in the creation of queer Jewish life, but also potential resources waiting to be excavated. Through an unprecedented examination of the histories of gender and sexuality over two millennia of Jewish life around the world, this book inspires and challenges its readers to create a better future through a purposeful reflection on our past.

Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist, and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. He also holds degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Brandeis University and the University of Toronto. He has taught and lectured about Jewish cultural heritage at academic and community venues around the world, and he has published articles about Jewish history, culture, and art in both scholarly and popular journals.

A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969 is his first book. His academic work has focused on the history and culture of Jewish communities in the Islamic world, from the Middle Ages to the present. His dissertation, entitled Making and Reading Jewish Books in North Africa, 1700-1900, examines the changing contexts of Jewish book culture in the Maghreb in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has also served as a research assistant, educational consultant, and co-curator for exhibitions at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

This event is offered free of charge, but please consider a contribution to help cover the costs of this event and to support Adult Education at CBST! If you are registering an additional guest, please enter their name in the "NOTE" box below. 

You can order your book via CBST and pick it up at the event! Email jkatz@cbst.org to reserve a copy. We will also have copies available onsite at the event.

May 23rd, 2019 6:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
130 West 30th Street (betw. 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10001
United States
Phone: 212-929-9498
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