Trans Jews Are Here - A History of Inclusion at CBST
Trans Pride Shabbat
Friday, June 6, 6:30pm, 130 West 30th Street
At Trans Pride Shabbat, we explore and celebrate trans Jewish life at CBST, in New York City, and beyond. This year, we are joined by Rabbi Leiah Moser, who will give the drash. Rabbi Moser serves as Rabbi of Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel and Assistant Rabbi of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and was ordained as a rabbi in 2017. During her rabbinic studies, she received an Auerbach Ignition Grant for her work incorporating electronic music into Jewish prayer. Her rabbinic interests include Talmud, kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, and the exploration of these through a queer lens; art and writing as a spiritual practice; and building open and accessible communities for all. In 2018, she published a Jewish young adult fantasy novel titled, “Magical Princess Harriett,” about a transgender girl saving her town from the forces of darkness. All are welcome to this service. Trans and non-binary individuals are invited to a dinner following services; all are welcome to a concurrent Oneg.
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 through the end of May. 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
Trans Jews are Here Convening Resources
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.
- Trans Jews are Here: A Convening full program
- Trans Jews are Here: A Convening Kabbalat Shabbat - video
- Trans Jews are Here: A Convening Plenary with Rafi Daugherty, Masha Gessen, Abby Stein, and Dubbs Weinblatt - video
- Queer Midrashim from Rabbah Rona Matlow, including her midrash on Jacob that debuted at the convening
- Lev Yodea Marat Nafsho: Trans Bodies and Self-Determination in Halachah source sheet from Laynie Soloman
The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective,
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.
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