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 will study, write and teach on trans issues and Jewish sources, creating a body of work that Jews all over the world will be able to use. He will represent CBST, speaking and teaching on these topics in other communities.
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)
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!