Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity. Raised as a secular Jew in Richmond, Virginia, he began identifying as Orthodox at 17 and spent the next 20 years learning and teaching in the world of yeshivahs. Rabbi Moskowitz received three Ultra Orthodox ordinations while learning in the Mir, in Jerusalem, and in Beth Medrash Gevoha, in Lakewood, New Jersey. His work on behalf of trans rights began while he served as the Rabbi of the Old Broadway Synagogue in Harlem and as the Aish NY Rabbi at Columbia University. Most recently, Rabbi Moskowitz was the senior educator for Uri L'Tzedek - Orthodox Social Justice. We are proud that now CBST's clergy reflects the deep and complex range of religious backgrounds, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist Judaism.
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.
This autumn, a Massachusetts ballot measure will ask voters whether to uphold the state's protections against discrimination in public spaces based on gender identity. Rabbi Moskowitz partners with Keshet on a series of events throughout Massachusetts exploring what Jewish texts and values have to say about transgender inclusivity and the implications of those teachings for the upcoming vote. Find the full schedule below and learn more about the Yes on 3 campaign to uphold transgender rights here.
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30pm: Northeastern University - Boston, MA
Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm: Temple Israel of Sharon - Sharon, MA
Sunday. October 14, 9:00am: Temple Emanuel - Newton, MA
Sunday, October 14, 6:30pm: Temple Beth Elohim - Wellesley, MA
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30pm: Congregation Beth Israel - North Adams, MA
Thursday, October 18, 12:00pm: Williams College - Williamstown, MA
Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm: Knesset Israel - Pittsfield, MA
Saturday, October 20, 12:30pm: Temple Beth El - Springfield, MA
Sunday, October 21, 10:45am: Congregation B'nai Israel - Northampton, MA
Monday, October 22, 6:30pm: Tufts University - Medford, MA
Read Rabbi Moskowitz's Work
- Rabbinic Responsibility for LGBT Jews
- The Torah of Action - My Jewish Learning
- Cisgender Humility And Accepting The Torah - The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog
- I'm An Orthodox Rabbi Marching With Pride - The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog
- What the Torah and Talmud Teach Us About Calling Transgender People By Their Names - Tablet (with Seth Marnin)
- 7 Ways Straight Jews Can Become Better LGBTQ Allies - The Forward (with Rabbi Yael Rapport)
- How Goodly Are Your (Rainbow) Tents - The Reform Judaism Blog (with Lizzie Stein)
- Coming of Age as Gender-Nonconforming - The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog (with Rabbi Yael Rapport)
- Sukkot, Security, and Transgender Rights - My Jewish Learning (with Seth Marnin)
- Noah's Ark: A Failed Ally-Ship - Bayit Builder's Blog
Sketchnote by Steve Silbert
Listen to Rabbi Moskowitz on Tablet's "Unorthodox" podcast (beginning at 7:55).
VIDEO - Watch Rabbi Moskowitz's acceptance speech at North Jersey Pride, where he received the Outstanding LGBTQ Ally Award!
A Minute of Mussar
Elul is a special time to reflect on our relationship with G-d and each other. Mussar is the practice of being more aware and sensitive of how our actions effect those relationships. Rabbi Moskowitz shared a minute of Mussar every day during Elul on CBST's Facebook page. Find all of the videos with #ElulMussar.