"In a world that increasingly orients by reaction and rejection of any other identity, let us elevate the most important one — we are all children of the same God."
- Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at CBST, and Rabbi Yael Rapport, Assistant Rabbi at CBST
UPCOMING EVENTS - JEWISH VALUES AND TRANS INCLUSIVITY IN MASSACHUSETTS
This autumn, a Massachusetts ballot measure will ask voters whether to uphold the state's protections against discrimination in public spaces based on gender identity. Rabbi Moskowitz partners with Keshet on a series of events throughout Massachusetts exploring what Jewish texts and values have to say about transgender inclusivity and the implications of those teachings for the upcoming vote. Find the full schedule below and learn more about the Yes on 3 campaign to uphold transgender rights here.
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30pm: Northeastern University - Boston, MA
Thursday, October 11, 7:30pm: Temple Israel of Sharon - Sharon, MA
Sunday. October 14, 9:00am: Temple Emanuel - Newton, MA
Sunday, October 14, 6:30pm: Temple Beth Elohim - Wellesley, MA
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30pm: Congregation Beth Israel - North Adams, MA
Thursday, October 18, 12:00pm: Williams College - Williamstown, MA
Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm: Knesset Israel - Pittsfield, MA
Saturday, October 20, 12:30pm: Temple Beth El - Springfield, MA
Sunday, October 21, 10:45am: Congregation B'nai Israel - Northampton, MA
Monday, October 22, 6:30pm: Tufts University - Medford, MA
TRANS JEWS ARE HERE
Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2019, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 West 30th Street, New York, NY
CBST and Keshet welcome you to a celebration of Transgender Jewish life and identity. Trans Jews Are Here is a convening of trans artists, academics, activists, and spiritual leaders at CBST. This 3-day event begins on Friday, March 29, 2019 and culminates on Transgender Day of Visibility, Sunday, March 31, with a full schedule of workshops, discussions and performances. Join us in radical, joyful celebration! For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TGNC WEEKLY PARSHA CLASSES
Beginning Fall 2018 - Thursdays, 5:45pm to 7pm, 130 West 30th Street
Sign up for Rabbi Moskowitz's weekly Torah class for trans and gender non-conforming individuals seeking to further their liturgical study. For more info and to register, contact Nancy at email@example.com.
ARTICLES AND RESOURCES
TransTorah helps people of all genders to fully access and transform Jewish tradition, and helps Jewish communities to be welcoming sanctuaries for people of all genders. Visit their website for more information and resources including blessings for transitioning gender, chest binding, trans and gender non-conforming weddings, pre-surgery mikveh ritual, and more.
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
Here at CBST, Rabbi Moskowitz studies, writes, and teaches 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. Email Rabbi Moskowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out some of his articles below:
- What the Torah and Talmud Teach Us About Calling Transgender People By Their Names - Tablet (with Seth Marnin)
- The Torah of Action - My Jewish Learning
- I'm A Boy And These Are My Clothes - The New York Jewish Week