On November 20, 2020 we observed Trans Day of Remembrance, a sacred day in which we honor the memory of our trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming family and friends that we have lost to acts of anti-transgender violence.
We hosted a pre-Shabbat Candle Lighting for trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming Jews. Our 2021 Trans Jews are Here Convening Director Ariel Zitny & CBST’s Guest Cantorial Student Ze'evi Berman lead this program where we gathered to recite Yizkor and honor the memory of those whose lives were lost to acts of anti-transgender violence. Read A Transgender Day of Remembrance Yizkor written by Ariel, and watch Emet Co-Team Leader Rafaela Anshel read "El Malei Rachamim for Transgender Day of Remembrance" by Rabbi Reuben Zellman, 2005.
We also hosted Practicing Allyship - a deep conversation on allyship around this sacred day with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, CBST's Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar-in-Residence at UJA-Federation New York. Here is a recording.
For those who did, thank you for sharing this picture of the Trans Day of Remembrance Yortzeit Candle on social media to honor those we have lost and to promote the visibility of this sacred day. The Yortzeit candle sticker was a joint effort between CBST and Keshet.
At Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, 2003/04 Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern, gave a guest drashah which you can view here.
Seth M. Marnin, Board Chair at Keshet and Rabbi Moskowitz share wisdom and actionable steps you can take around Trans Day of Remembrance. Read "We Remember and Honor through Action"
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