Trans and Jewish Identity

Selected Essays:

“Passover: Festival of Binaries.” Keshet Blog. March 31, 2016.

“Standing Again at Sinai, Again: Jewish Feminists and Transgender Jews.” Lilith Blog. November 15, 2015.

“The Birth of the Future” and “Transgender Belief in God.” In Transgender & Jewish. Ed. Naomi Zeveloff. The Forward Association. 2014: i-iv and 37-40.

Both Wilderness and Promised Land: How Torah Grows When Read Through LGBTQ Eyes.” Tikkun. 29.4 (Fall 2014): 17-20, 59-61.

“Shipwrecked with God.” Keshet Blog:  September 11, 2013.

Transgendered Hearts: Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac.” Keshet Blog: Apr 26, 2013.

Reading Between the Angels: How Torah Speaks to Transgender Jews.” Human Rights Campaign Blog. November 1, 2012. 

“The God Thing.” Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in the Jewish Community. Ed. Noach Dzmura. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010. 68-81.

In the Image.” Keep Your Wives From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires. Ed. Miryam Kabakov. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010. 141-9.

The Other Side of the Wall.” Moment. (January/February 2010): 30-33.

“What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Like Me Doing in a Body Like This?’ Lilith. 34.4 (Winter 2009): 16-19.

Selected interviews:

For Tablet Magazine’s “The Chosen Ones”

In conversation at Romemu with Rabbi David Ingber, February 2016

Interview with Multifaithful, podcast of NYU’s Office of Global Spiritual Life

At the Jewish Theological Seminary

At Hebrew College

At the D.C. Jewish Book Festival (in conversation with Lilith editor Susan Weidman Schneider)

Q&A with Religion Dispatches 

Interfaith Radio interview

Tablet podcast

MSNBC: Meet the first openly trans professor in Orthodox Judaism #RealLiveTransAdult series

Transgender and Jewish” (in conversation with Naomi Zeveloff on CUNY TV)


Recent Presentations

Alive in the Depths: Transgender Identity and Religious Tradition.” Philip and Muriel Berman Center  for Jewish Studies. Lehigh University. October 19, 2016.

“A Jewish Memoir of Gender Transition.” Women Writing Judaism seminar. Lehigh University. October 20, 2016.

“Tzipporah’s Daughter: Hyperminorities in Jewish Communities.” Pride Shabbat talk. Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. New York, NY. June 2016.

“Live from Nineveh: Toward a Trans Jewish Theology.” Jewish Theological Society. NY, NY. March 2, 2016.

“Beyond the (Cis)Gender Binary.” Columbia University Hillel. NY, NY. March 2, 2016.

“God’s Body.” Sparks: Conversations in Memory of Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi. Romemu. New York City. February 11, 2016.

“Trans Theology.” Yeshivat Maharat, New York City. Jan 21, 2016.

Invisible Family.” “Lived Lives: Personal Narratives in Non-Traditional Families” panel. The Changing Face of the American Family: a Daylong Colloquium. Jewish Theological Seminary. New York, NY. June 1, 2015.

What Being Trans has Taught Me About Being Jewish, and What Being Jewish has Taught Me about Being Trans.” Jewish Feminism Week. Barnard College of Columbia University. April 13, 2015.

Scholar-in-Residence. Congregation Kehillat Israel. Brookline, MA. March 27-28, 2015.

Trans Judaism.” Hunter Hillel. Hunter College. New York, NY. March 24, 2015.

Trans and Jewish Identities: a Conversation with Jeffrey Shoulson.” University of Connecticut.  Storrs, CT. March 12, 2015.

Through the Door of Life: a conversation with Sylvia Barack Fishman.” Hadassah Brandeis Institute Virtual Conversations series. Webcast. March 3, 2015.

`For You Know the Soul of a Stranger’: Being an LGBTQ Jew in a Jewish Community.” Keynote. Nehirim Student Leadership Conference. Boston University. Boston, MA. February 15, 2015.

“Standing Again at Sinai, Again: Feminism and Transgender Jews.” Meet Me at Sinai Day of Learning. Bnai Jeshurun. New York, NY. February 8, 2015.

Moving Through Walls: Trans Identity in the Jewish World.” Gender and Judaism and Modern Jewish Identity. Harvard Hillel. Cambridge, MA. January 22, 2015.

Comments on: "Trans and Jewish Identity" (4)

  1. jordie slonim said:

    I just found your work and beginning to read. I was wondering if you know much about Abraham’s mother, Amtalai? It is less than easy to find information about her. Thanks so much.


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