Life Cycle

“A room full of penises”

Today I want to talk about an intimate, yet very common, human body part – the penis — which really means, let’s talk about circumcision. A true story from the mother of a high school age boy When my son was in middle school he decided he wanted to go to a Jewish summer camp…

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What if One of us Dies?

Where and how will each of us be buried? I’ve been asked how to plan for a funeral in an interfaith family. What things should be taken into consideration in order to plan for that inevitable day when one spouse must bury the other? Can the non-Jew be buried in a Jewish cemetery? Who will…

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Gay Jewish Pride

Sunday at the Pride Parade Keshet organized the synagogues to march together. There was LOTS of gaiety and exuberance. Rabbis around the bay are encouraging their LGBT members to give them a call and set a date for their wedding. Looking for a rabbi to officiate at your LGBT — and interfaith wedding? Give me…

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Living as a Transgender Jew

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community How can transgender people live Jewish lives when many of their significant life choices might be considered ‘un-kosher’? How do transgender Jews navigate gendered Jewish rituals such as burial and conversion? Balancing on the Mechitza, winner of a Lambda Literary Award, is an anthology by scholars, activists,…

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If Not Now, When? Making End of Life Decisions

If not now when? NOW is the time to learn and to act so that your last wishes will be fulfilled. NOW is the time to decide questions of end-of-life medical care, the disbursement of your wealth and possessions, plans and funeral arrangements, mourning rituals that will bring comfort to your survivors. Few experiences are…

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Discussion for the Non-Jewish Partner in an Interfaith Family

Are you not Jewish, but keeping a Jewish home and raising Jewish kids? Do you have questions about “doing Jewish,” or Jewish home rituals? Do you have concerns about your child’s coming bar/bat mitzvah? Has something bothered you or puzzled you in the Jewish community? Are some (or all) of the holidays confusing?  Or fun,…

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