The Torah—and the Jewish traditions that have developed from the Torah—do not have much to say about transgender people. Transgender people are those who do not identify with or continue to play the gender roles they were assigned at birth. However, there are certain Torah texts that do offer interpretative possibilities when we apply this lens. In fact, some of the best-known stories in Genesis—even the covenant with God out of which the Jewish people grows—requires Abraham, Sarah and Jacob to violate the gender roles they were born to.
This workshop will explore how these founding Jewish narratives can help us understand the complicated relationship between gender and Jewish identities, and better understand and include transgender Jews in traditions and communities based on the assumption that human beings are always, and only, the gender we are assigned at birth.
holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders
, was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Her recent book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
, is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Triangle Award.
Ladin has also published nine books of poetry, including, most recently, The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems
. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship and two Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowships, among other honors. A nationally recognized speaker on transgender and Jewish identity, she serves on the Board of Keshet, an organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.
Join Dr. Ladin the previous evening, Monday, August 4, as she discusses "What Being Jewish Taught Me About Being Transgender, and Vice Versa." Click for details
Part of the Architects of the Jewish Future Series. More details
Monday, August 5
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass holders
Scholarship support is available
Contact: Zoe Jick | (650) 223-8756 | [email protected]