Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening

Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31


An uplifting and educational convening of trans Jews, co-chaired by Seth M. Marnin and Jillian T. Weiss; led by Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty.



***Because space is limited, we are prioritizing registration for trans and non-binary individuals who are Jewish or who have a deep interest in Judaism. Cisgender partners and parents of attendees may register. The following convening events are open to all, regardless of gender identity and including cisgender allies: Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Shabbat Morning Services, Saturday Night Live Performance, and Sunday Afternoon Plenary Session.***

The Trans Jews are Here convening will bring 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. Hosted by CBST with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances. Gather, learn, and exchange ideas in a trans-focused Jewish space. Join us in joyful celebration!

Presenters and speakers will include Lindsay Amer, Ofer Erez, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Sandy Sahar Gooen, Lior Gross, Rabbah Rona Matlow, Martin Rawlings-Fein, Rabbi Bobbie Rosenberg, Rachel Silverman, Laynie Soloman, Abby Stein, Earnest Vener, Dubbs Weinblatt, and Rabbi Reuben Zellman.

Please complete this Pre-Registration form, and you will be contacted with next steps.

Registration Options

Please note, registration is not needed to attend Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat Morning Services, Saturday night Live Performance, or Sunday evening plenary session. For those individuals seeking scholarship to attend the convening, please contact Yolanda Potasinski at ypotasinski@cbst.org with the subject line: Trans Jews Are Here Convening Scholarship.

1) FULL CONVENING – All-inclusive for programming spanning Friday through Sunday, including all main events, workshops, and meals.

  • $250 Regular Price
  • $180 Early-Bird Price
  • $90 Teen Price

2) FRI THRU SAT NITE – All-inclusive for programming spanning Friday through Saturday, including Saturday evening event, all workshops, and meals.

  • $150 Regular Price
  • $100 Early-Bird Price
  • $50 Teen Price

3) SAT NITE THRU SUN – All-inclusive for programming spanning Saturday night through Sunday only, including Saturday evening event, Sunday main event, workshops, and meals.

  • $150 Regular Price
  • $100 Early-Bird Price
  • $50 Teen Price

4) SAT NITE ONLY – Ticket includes Saturday night event and wine and light snack reception.

  • $36 Regular Price ($50 at the door)

Convening Schedule

See below for the Convening Schedule and click here for a full schedule with program descriptions. Please note, the following elements are open to all, regardless of gender identity and including cisgender allies: Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Oneg (Friday night), Saturday Morning Services and Kiddush Lunch, Saturday Night Live Performance, and Sunday Afternoon Plenary Session. Contact transjews@cbst.org if you have any questions about the schedule or intended audience.

Friday, March 29 - Convening Day One

3-6pm: Check-In
5-6pm: Dinner
6:30-8:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services - open to all
8:30-10pm: Oneg - open to all
8:30-10pm: Oneg with Kumzitz, led by Noam Lerman

Saturday, March 30 - Convening Day Two

9am-7:30pm: Check-In
9-10am: Light Breakfast
10am-12pm: Shabbat Morning Services - open to all
12:30-1:30pm: Kiddush Lunch - open to all
12:30-1:30pm: Trans Jews of Color Caucus (with lunch)
2-3pm: Workshops

  • Born in the Divide: The Invisible “I”, presented by Rabbi Bobbie Rosenberg
  • Elohai Neshamah: Breathing Into This Body, presented by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
  • The Divine Feminine: Being a Kohenet and a Trans Woman, presented by Talia Johnson
  • Trans Ritual Innovation, presented by Rachel Silverman

3:30-4:30pm: Workshops and Caucuses

  • Being Trans in Orthodox Spaces Caucus, moderated by Miles Joseph Taffert
  • Our Place in the Community: Visibility vs. Assimilation, presented by Ofer Erez
  • Resistance, Liberation, and Care of the Soul, presented by Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael
  • Trans Jews and Anti-Discrimination Law, presented by Jillian T. Weiss

4:30-5pm: Light Snacks
5-6pm: Workshops

  • Jacob – A Queer Midrashic Reading, presented by Rabbah Rona Matlow
  • Lev Yodea Marat Nafsho: Trans Identity and Self Determination in Halachah, presented by Laynie Soloman
  • T’shuvah and Exile Culture, presented by Jessica Levine

6-6:30pm: Mincha
6:30-7:30pm: Shaleshudes Meal
6:30-7:30pm: Trans Jews by Choice Caucus (with Shaleshudes meal)
6:30-7:30pm: Queering Judaism Creation Lab for Teens, led by Earnest Vener - separate registration
8-8:30pm: Havdalah
8:30-10pm: Live Performance, featuring S. Bear Bergman and Word of the Year - open to all 
10-11pm: Reception

Sunday, March 31 - Convening Day Three

8-9am: Morning Minyan
9-10am: Light Breakfast
9-10am: Trans Spiritual Leaders Caucus (with breakfast), moderated by Rabbi Becky Silverstein
10-11am: Workshops

  • Non-Binary Jews and the Hebrew We Use, presented by Lior Gross
  • Our Stories in the Media, presented by Abby Stein
  • We Were Here First, We Are Here Still, presented by j wallace skelton

11am-12:30pm: Free to Be Me: A Workshop for Children 0-6-Year-Olds and their Grownups, led by Lindsay Amer - separate registration
11:30am-12:30pm: Workshops and Caucuses

  • Eilu v. Eilu: A TGNC Orthodox Vision, moderated by Dana Friedman with panelists Ariel Ya’akov Berry, Moriah Levin, and Shonna Levin
  • Trans Jews and Our Mental Health: A Caucus, moderated by Sam Stettiner
  • 10 Things Trans Jews Want You To Know: Let’s Build a Resource, presented by Dubbs Weinblatt

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch
12:30-1:30pm: Trans Jewish College Student Caucus (with lunch)
1:30-3pm: A Taste of Traditionally Radical Talmud Study with SVARA, led by Laynie Soloman with SVARA Faculty, Fellows & Fairies
2-3pm: Workshops

  • Choosing to be Chosen: Striking Similarities Between Conversion and Transition, presented by Martin Rawlings-Fein
  • Narratives and Names: Trans Jewish Storytelling, presented by Sandy Sahar Gooen

3-3:30pm: Light Snacks
3:30-5pm: Plenary: From Acceptance to Celebration of Trans Jewish Identity - open to all

Children's and Teen's Programming

Queering Judaism Creation Lab: A Workshop for Teens - Saturday, March 30, 6:30pm (Dinner Provided)
Intended Audience: Trans/GNC/Queer/Gender Curious Teens (Ages 12-18)
Led by: Earnest Vener

This interactive workshop will be set up as a laboratory for queering Jewish ritual, midrash (stories), and narratives. In our lab, participants will engage with Jewish texts that reflect gender nonconformity, write trans Jewish midrash (biblical interpretations), create artwork that reflects our identities, and record your own oral story about “your queer/questioning Jewish life.” Workshop attendees will explore the lab, learn, create, and share back with the group. Participants will also get to know one another, enjoy dinner together, celebrate community Havdalah (ceremony at the end of Shabbat), and stay for a performance as part of the Trans Jews Are Here Convening.   

Free to Be Me: A Workshop for Children 0-6-Year-Olds and their Grownups - Sunday, March 31, 10:30am
Intended Audience: 
Trans/GNC/Queer Parents and their Kids (ages 0-6), and Trans/GNC kids (ages 0-6) and their Grownups - all are welcome!
Led by: Lindsay Amer (Creator of Queer Kid Stuff)

Raise your rainbow flag and bring your little ones for LGBTQ+ songs and stories! Join Lindsay and their best-stuffed friend Teddy from Queer Kid Stuff for an afternoon of crafts, stories, and songs at the intersection of queerness and Judaism. This event is offered free of charge for parents already registered for Trans Jews are Here: A Convening.

Facilities and Accessibility

ASL interpreters and hearing loop provided for large events. ASL interpreters will also be provided as needed for workshops (please note on the pre-registration form). Quiet space provided for low stimulation, rest, or meditation. Wheelchair accessible. Elevator on site. All gender, single stall restrooms. Water fountain and water bottle filling station available on site. All livestreamed events will be noted and have optional seating for those who wish not to be filmed or photographed. 130 West 30th Street is a short distance from most public transit. Service animals welcome.


Michael MacElhenny & David Wine

Cindy Rizzo

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