Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening
Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2019, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 West 30th Street, New York, NY
An uplifting and educational convening of trans Jews, co-chaired by Seth M. Marnin and Jillian T. Weiss; led by Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty; featuring Kate Bornstein, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Rabbi Reuben Zellman, and Abby Stein, with more to come! For more info, visit the convening page and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Because space is limited, we are prioritizing attendance for trans and nonbinary individuals who are Jewish or who have a deep interest in Judaism. Cisgender partners and parents of attendees may attend***
In December, we hosted listening sessions to receive community feedback and hear what attendees would like to see from the convening. We'd still love to hear from you! Please send any feedback to email@example.com and we'll be happy to continue the conversation.
Saturday, February 9, 6pm, 130 West 30th Street
Trans Jews Are Here Convening co-chairs Jillian Weiss and Seth Marnin lead this Havdalah service with trans and non-binary members of the CBST community. Come together to mark the end of Shabbat in a trans-focused ritual space.
Trans Jews are Here: A Conversation with Joy Ladin
Monday, February 25, 6:30pm, 130 West 30th Street
Joy Ladin speaks in conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz on her new book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, with an introduction from Trans Jews Are Here Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty. As part of the ongoing programming for Trans Jews are Here: A Convening, this event is offered free of charge to all those registered for the convening. We ask for an $18 contribution from all else who wish to attend this event. All contributions support the convening and ongoing Trans Jews Are Here programming.
Weekly Torah and Talmud Study
Thursdays, beginning January 10, 6:30pm, 130 West 30th Street
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz leads this text-based, “Mishmar,” study in two parts. In the first hour, trans and non-binary participants are invited to study Parashat Hashavua (the weekly Torah portion). Everyone of every gender identity is welcome to the second hour in which we will study Talmud. All backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to attend, including beginners, and there are no pre-requisite skills required. Register.
Classes run regularly every Thursday beginning January 10. Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion) study for trans and non-binary participants begins at 6:30pm. Talmud study open to everyone of every gender identity begins at 7:45pm.
These study sessions are free of charge and contributions will benefit Trans Jews Are Here programming. CBST recommends regular attendance especially for Talmud study, but drop-ins are always welcome.
Please note: the January 17th class will begin earlier at 6:00 PM with Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion) study for trans and non-binary participants. Then at 7:00 PM, instead of Talmud study, all are welcome to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day LGBTQ Multi-faith Celebration upstairs in the sanctuary.
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