Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBTQ inclusivity. Rabbi Moskowitz received three Ultra-Orthodox ordinations while learning in the Mir in Jerusalem and in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He is a David Hartman Center Fellow and the author of Textual Activism. His writings can be found at www.rabbimikemoskowitz.com. Here at CBST, Rabbi Moskowitz studies, writes, and teaches on trans issues and Jewish sources, creating a body of work that is used as a resource all over the world. He represents CBST, speaking and teaching on these topics in other communities, including congregations, colleges, day schools, Jewish community centers, interfaith events, and academic conferences. To bring Rabbi Moskowitz to your community, contact Tasha Calhoun.

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https://files.constantcontact.com/1ea99d57001/70bff42a-1b80-4fac-96ed-cfe79945709d.jpgRabbi Moskowitz's first book, Textual Activism, is a collection of essays, articles, and speeches that sits at the intersection of deeply traditional rabbinic texts and radically progressive Jewish values. "With this book," writes Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, "we are proud to gather together so many of these works of intellectual, spiritual, and activist Jewish depth that will bring glory to God and change the world." Watch Rabbi Moskowitz speak about Textual Activism here.

Recent Articles & Videos

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A Passover Message from the Southern Border

Gay City News

Rabbi Yael Rapport

Back to the Garden: Purim. Patriarchy, And A Path Forward

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog

Rabbi Wendy Amsellem

Building Sacred Spaces With (and For) G-d 

Bayit Builder's Blog


Advancing the Rabbinic Prescription for Transgender Healthcare 

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Blog 

Joshua D. Safer, MD, FACP

Anti-Semitism and LGBTQ+ Hate Are Spiking - So We Must Come Together


Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

In Dark Times, Be A Light 

eJewish Philanthropy 

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Victoria Cook

Building a Temple from Tears 

Bayit Builder's Blog


Allyship As Spiritual Practice 

Velveteen Rabbi


Wrestling with Mourning on Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Times of Israel Blog 

Seth Marnin

Interfaith Leaders Stand up for Yes on 3 Campaign in Massachusetts


Rev. Stephanie Kendell

Noah's Ark: A Failed Ally-Ship

Bayit Builder's Blog


Sukkot, Security, and Transgender Rights

My Jewish Learning

Seth Marnin

Rosh Hashanah: A Time For Divine Consent 

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog


Coming of Age as Gender-Nonconforming 

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog

Rabbi Yael Rapport

How Goodly Are Your (Rainbow) Tents

The Reform Judaism Blog

Lizzie Stein

The Audacious and Inspirational Gift of Pride


Reverend Dr. Amy Butler

7 Ways Straight Jews Can Become Better LGBTQ Allies

The Forward

Rabbi Yael Rapport

What the Torah and Talmud Teach Us About Calling Transgender People By Their Names


Seth Marnin

I'm An Orthodox Rabbi Marching With Pride

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog


Cisgender Humility And Accepting The Torah

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog


The Torah of Action

My Jewish Learning


Rabbinic Responsibility for LGBT Jews


I'm A Boy And These Are My Clothes 

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog


One Straight, White Cis-Gender Rabbi's Role as an LGBTQ Ally 

Auburn Theological Seminary


Transgender and Transcendent

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Blog


Unorthodox, Ep. 139

Tablet's Unorthodox podcast


Conversation with Joy Ladin 

Rabbi Moskowitz’s Facebook page

In conversation with Joy Ladin

New Year's Resolution for Trans Allyship

CBST Facebook page


Rabbi Moskowitz responds to homophobia against comedian Leah Forster

CBST Facebook page


Mussar is the practice of being more aware and sensitive of how our actions affect those relationships. Rabbi Moskowitz shared a minute of Mussar every day during Elul. Find all of the videos with #ElulMussar.

CBST Facebook page



Rabbi Moskowitz in the News

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Trans ally: Rabbi Mike Moskowitz to bring his 'Toyreh' on gender identity to Teaneck

Jewish Standard

Religiously Non-Conforming: An Orthodox rabbi leads a movement for trans inclusivity

Positively Aware

This Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Says His Holiest Moment Was Becoming Public LGBTQ Ally

Here & Now (NPR)

An Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Comes Out for LGBTQ People

Jewish Boston

Rabbi, transgender ally speaks at Hillel about trans rights 

The Tufts Daily 

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz speaks on trans rights

The Williams Record

Could transgender rights infringe upon religious rights?

The Jewish Chronicle

This Orthodox rabbi just took a job at an LGBT synagogue 


Orthodox Jews Start Prayer Protest Outside OU Office in New York, Angered by Its Support for Trump


My Rabbi Was Arrested For Protesting On Capitol Hill, And He Has No Regrets