Trans Theology


The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender PerspectiveHBI Series on Jewish Women. Brandeis UP. (2018)


Religious Communities Need to Stop Seeing LGBT* People as Other, as Them, and Start Seeing Them as Us.” Global Online Forum on LGBT* and Faith.

The Soul of the Stranger.” In Marmur, Michael, and David Ellenson, eds. American Jewish Thought Since 1934: Writings on Identity, Engagement, and Belief. Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 2020: 254-255.

How We Become Real: The Making of Jewish and Transsexual Identities.” Journal of Jewish Identities.

11.1 (January 2018): 55-66.

Gender Inside and Outside the Camp.” JTS Torah Online. Jewish Theological Seminary. April 26, 2017. 

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

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

“Transgender Belief in God.” In Transgender & Jewish. Ed. Naomi Zeveloff. The Forward Association.  2014: 37-40.

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

“Torah in Transition.” TransTorah. 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.” Prairie Schooner. 83.4 (Winter 2009): 55-73.


Jewish and Trans Identities.” Rutgers Hillel. New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers University. October 29, 2018.

Trans Theology: Theory and Practice.” Trans Seminarians Breakfast. Pacific School of Religion. October

5, 2018.

Knowing the Soul of the Stranger: Trans Identity, Religious Community, and Making a Place for God.”

2018 Georgia Harkness Lecture. Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion. Pacific School

of Religion. Berkeley, CA. October 4, 2018.

God’s Identity.” The Open Sukkah Project. Jamaica Plains, MA. September 26, 2018.

The Soul of the Stranger: Trans Experience and Making a Place for God.” Congregation Eitz Chaim.

Cambridge, MA: June 11, 2018.

Absolute Queerness: Reading God in the Torah from a Trans Perspective.” Queering Religion, Bible,

Ritual and Prayer Seminar. University of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA. November 20, 2017.

“Shipwrecked with God.” Emmett O’Neal Library. Welcoming Communities Task Force. Birmingham, AL.

August 16, 2017.

Reading Torah from a Transgender Perspective.” Temple Sinai. Washington, DC. June 10, 2017.

Tzipporah’s Daughter: Hyperminorities in Jewish Communities.” Pride Shabbat Speaker. Temple

Sinai. Washington, DC. June 9, 2017.

The Genesis of Gender.” Sexuality, Gender and the Jewish Family Conference. Center for Jewish Studies

at Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. February 19, 2017.

How Torah Speaks to Transgender Jews.” Congregation Shaar Zahav. San Francisco, CA. December

1, 2016.

Alive in the Depths: Transgender Identity and Religious Tradition.” Distinguished Lecture Series.

Northwest Missouri State University. October 25, 2016.

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.

Trans Jewish Theology.” HBI Internship Conversation. Hadassah Brandeis Institute. Brandeis University.

Waltham, MA. July 7, 2016.

Tzipporah’s Daughter: Hyperminorities in the Jewish Community.” Pride Shabbat Speaker. Congregation

Bnai Jeshurun. New York, NY. June 25, 2016.

Defining Humanity, Understanding God.” Paradigm Program. Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish

Studies in Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden. May 31, 2016.

Live from Nineveh: Toward a Trans Jewish Theology.” Jewish Theological Seminary. New York, NY.

March 3, 2016.

God’s Body.” With Rabbi David Ingber. Sparks: Conversations in Memory of Rabbi Zalman Schacter

Shalomi. Romemu. February 11, 2016.

Trans Theology.” Yeshivat Maharat. Riverdale, NY. January 20, 2016.

“God, Gender, and Me.” Keruv Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence. Temple Emunah. Lexington, MA.

November 20, 2015.

“`I am what I will be’: Meeting God at the Burning Bush of Becoming.” Invited talk.

Colby College. Waterville, ME. November 5, 2015.

University of Connecticut, Stamford. Stamford, CT. October 20, 2015.

Queer Spiritual Activism.” Invited talk. Queering Faith series. New York University. New York, NY.

November 2, 2015.

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

Talks: “Malachi’s Prophecy”; “Passover, Festival of Binaries”; “What Being Jewish Taught Me

about Being Transgender.”

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

Gender, Judaism, and God.” Boston University. Boston, MA. March 21, 2014.

Feral Judaism.” Invited talk. Academy for Jewish Religion. Yonkers, NY. October 22, 2013.

X-Treme Teshuva: Gender Transition as a Spiritual Practice.” Invited talk. Congregation Kolot Chayeinu.

Brooklyn, NY. September 5, 2013.

Shipwrecked with God.” Keynote address. Eshel Midwest Summer Retreat. Lake Delton, WI.

August 9, 2013.

Rainbow Blossoms on the Tree of Life: How Torah Grows When Read Through Transgender Eyes.”

Keynote address. 21st World Congress of LGBT Jews. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. July 5, 2013.

Being Transgender as a Spiritual Path.” Panel with Ben Baader, moderated by Joel Kushner. 21st World

Congress of LGBT Jews. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. July 6, 2013.

Trans Judaism.” Hunter Hillel. Hunter College, NY, NY. April 22, 2013.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh: Being and Becoming at the Intersection of Judaism, Feminism and Transgender

Identity.” Winter Seminar on Jewish Feminist Theology: Theory and Practice. Hebrew College.

Boston, MA. January 24, 2013.

“Reading Between the Angels: How Torah Speaks to Transgender Jews.” Philadelphia Trans Health

Conference. June 1, 2012.

Argument for the Sake of Heaven: Transforming Scripture-based Confrontations through Traditional

Jewish Text Study.” Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. June 1, 2012.

Encountering Sacred Texts” panel. Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. June 1, 2012.

Rituals of Becoming: How Jewish Communities Mark New Identities.” JCC in Manhattan.

March 19, 2012.

Argument of the Sake of Heaven: How Traditional Jewish Text-Study Techniques can Transform

Confrontational Conversations about Scripture and Queer Identity.” The National Conference on LGBT

Equality. Baltimore, MD. January 27, 2012.

Who We Are, Who We Are Born to Be: Yaacov and the Problem of Identity.” Second Annual Eshel

Shabbaton. Falls Village, CT. January 21, 2012.

Becoming: Transgender Jewish Theology, Poetry, and The Book of Psalms.” Invited talk. Columbia

Barnard Hillel. Columbia University. New York, NY. December 12, 2011.

God, Gender and I.” Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2011.

Life in the Sukkah.” Beyt Tikkun, San Francisco, CA, October 15, 2011.

TRANScending God.” Nehirim West, San Francisco, CA, October 15, 2011.

`Oh, Let Me Behold Your Presence!’” Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco, CA, October 14, 2011.

God, Gender and I.” University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2011.

Podcast interview. The May 13, 2011.

Psalms: Transformation as a Jewish Spiritual Path.” Transforming Beitecha Conference. Congregation

Simhat Torah, NY, NY. March 7, 2010.

Gender, God and I.” Limmud 2010. Kerhonkson, NY. January 17, 2010.

Torah in Transition.” Scholar in Residence. Congregation Bnai Simhat Torah, New York, NY.

November 21-23, 2008.

Toward a Greater Understanding: Transgender Identity and the Jewish Community” panel sponsored

by New Voices magazine. Jewish Community Center at Manhattan, November 25, 2008.

What God and I Talk About Under the Covers: Transsexuality and the Delicate Art of Being

Jewish.” Center for Jewish Life, Princeton University, March 27, 2008.

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