Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening

Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31

An uplifting and educational convening of trans Jews, co-chaired by Seth M. Marnin and Jillian T. Weiss; led by Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty; featuring Ofer Erez, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Abby Stein, Rabbi Reuben Zellman with more to come!

***Because space is limited, we are prioritizing attendance for trans and non-binary individuals who are Jewish or who have a deep interest in Judaism. Cisgender partners and parents of attendees may attend.***

The Trans Jews are Here convening will bring together trans and non-binary Jewish individuals, including some of our very own rabbis, artists, educators, performers, and more, to celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Hosted by CBST with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances. Gather, learn, and exchange ideas in a trans-focused Jewish space. Join us in joyful celebration!

Please complete this Pre-Registration form, and you will be contacted with next steps.

Convening registrants also receive free registration for the upcoming Trans Jews Are Here: A Conversation with Joy Ladin on Feb 25.

Interested in presenting a workshop, leading a caucus, organizing a panel? Fill out this form.

Interested in performing or sharing your art? Fill out this form.


Michael MacElhenny & David Wine

Cindy Rizzo

Want to support the convening or Trans Jews Are Here programming at CBST? Contact giving@cbst.org or click here.


Interested in becoming a Community Organization and helping to spread the word about the convening? Contact ilevy@cbst.org.


Registration Options

Please note, registration is not needed to attend any of the services, including Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat Morning Services, Havdalah, and Morning Minyan on Sunday. For those individuals seeking scholarship to attend the convening, please contact Yolanda Potasinski at ypotasinski@cbst.org with the subject line: Trans Jews Are Here Convening Scholarship.

1) FULL CONVENING – All-inclusive for programming spanning Friday through Sunday, including all main events, workshops, and meals.

  • $250 Regular Price
  • $180 Early-Bird Price
  • $90 Teen Price

2) FRI THRU SAT NITE – All-inclusive for programming spanning Friday through Saturday, including Saturday evening event, all workshops, and meals.

  • $150 Regular Price
  • $100 Early-Bird Price
  • $50 Teen Price

3) SAT NITE THRU SUN – All-inclusive for programming spanning Saturday night through Sunday only, including Saturday evening event, Sunday main event, workshops, and meals.

  • $150 Regular Price
  • $100 Early-Bird Price
  • $50 Teen Price

4) SAT NITE ONLY – Ticket includes Saturday night event and wine and light snack reception.

  • $36 Regular Price ($50 at the door)

Convening Schedule

See below for the Convening Schedule. Events covered by tickets will be denoted by their respective ticket tier (1,2,3,4). Events that do not require registration are denoted with an asterisk *. 

Monday, February 25 - Special Event for Convening Registrants

Friday, March 29 - Convening Day One

  • 5:00 PM Pre-Shabbat Dinner for Attendees (1,2)
  • 6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services*
  • 8:30 PM Oneg Nosh w/ Guest Speaker*

Saturday, March 30 - Convening Day Two

  • 9:00 AM Breakfast (1,2)
  • 10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services*
  • 12:30 PM Kiddush Lunch (1,2)
  • 2:00 PM Workshops (1,2)
  • 3:30 PM Workshops (1,2)
  • 4:30 PM Light Snacks (1,2)
  • 5:00 PM Workshops (1,2)
  • 6:30 PM Third Meal (Seudah Shlishit / Shaleshudes) (1,2)
  • 8:00 PM Havdalah Services*
  • 8:30 PM Live Performance (1,2,3,4)
  • 10:00 PM Event Reception (1,2,3,4)

Sunday, March 31 - Convening Day Three

  • 8:00 AM Morning Minyan*
  • 9:00 AM Breakfast (1,3)
  • 10:00 AM Workshops (1,3)
  • 11:30 AM Workshops (1,3)
  • 12:30 PM Lunch (1,3)
  • 2:00 PM Workshops (1,3)
  • 3:00 PM Light Snacks (1,3)
  • 3:30 PM Plenary Speakers / Panel (1,3)

Facilities and Accessibility

ASL interpreters and hearing loop provided for large events. ASL interpreters will also be provided as needed for workshops (please note on the pre-registration form). Quiet space provided for low stimulation, rest, or meditation. Wheelchair accessible. Elevator on site. All gender, single stall restrooms. Beverage cart available throughout each day. All livestreamed events will be noted and have optional seating 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.

March 31st, 2019 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
130 West 30th Street (betw. 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10001
United States
Phone: 212-929-9498

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