Emet: Trans & Non-Binary Team

CBST maintains space (currently online!) for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender-expansive people to build community and engage politically at CBST. Emet welcomes people who are questioning. 

Want to stay in touch about trans and non-binary Jewish programming at CBST? Contact us at transjews@cbst.org!

Proceeds from these ritual items support trans and non-binary programming at CBST, including the Trans Jews Are Here Convening. 

CBST offers a specially designed Trans Pride Mezuzah Cover. This original piece of Judaica is adorned with the colors of the Transgender Pride Flag and is meant to celebrate and promote the visibility of our trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming Jewish friends and family. For more info and to place an order, click here.

In celebration of Trans Day of Visibility 2020, CBST offered a custom Trans Pride Kiddush Cup created through a partnership with Israeli Judaic Art designer Yair Emanuel. Please note this item is out of stock, so we are not currently accepting orders. For more information click here or email Jkatz@cbst.org


Trans Jews Are Here! Read more about the History of Inclusion at CBST

2019’s Trans Jews are Here Convening ​

The Trans Jews are Here convening brought together trans and non-binary Jewish individuals, including some of our very own spiritual leaders, artists, educators, performers, and more, to celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Here is a selection of the material from the weekend: 

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy Ladin

Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. Available for purchase online and on site at CBST.

You can find more of Joy's work on her website, or watch the video of her conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz at CBST in February 2019.


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.

Trans Day of Remembrance - 'A Memorial Prayer' by Rabbi Reuben Zellman

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

From his perspective as an Orthodox scholar and rabbi and committed ally to the trans world, 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 represents CBST, speaking and teaching on these topics in other communities. Email Rabbi Moskowitz at rabbimoskowitz@cbst.org and read some of his teaching below:

For more articles and resources from Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, visit his website or CBST page.