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

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

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!