CBST is pleased to welcome Ze'evi Berman (above, left; pronouns: they/them or ze/zem/zer) and Ariel Zitny (above right; pronouns: he/him/they/them) to our community for various projects. Ariel and Ze’evi will be leading a three-session Lehrhaus class in late December 2020 / early January 2021. Ze'evi will serve as Guest Cantorial Student at a few select services. Ariel and Ze'evi will also be working with CBST’s Emet: Trans & Non-Binary Team. Ariel is the Convening Director for the Trans Jews Are Here 2021 Convening on Trans Day of Visibility, March 31, 2021.
Ze'evi Berman (they/them or ze/zem/zer) is a fourth-year student at HUC-JIR working toward a masters in Jewish education and cantorial ordination. With roots in song leading and music education, Ze'evi believes in the power of communal music and prayer to create social change. As one of the first trans cantorial students at HUC-JIR, ze works toward expanding the vision of our collective future to encompass those who have been routinely marginalized in Jewish life. Ze'evi currently lives in LA with zer fiance Ariel and their two cats.
Ariel Zitny (he/they) is a queer/trans rabbinical and education student at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College. Ariel has received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. He’s passionate about poetry, feminism, and cats. When he’s not working, studying, or thinking of ways to make Judaism more trans-inclusive, he enjoys watching Netflix and baking with his fiance Ze'evi and their two cats.