Life Cycle

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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Start 2009 by doing something NEW

 Where do you find interfaith programming? I asked you last week to tell me three places you know of that provide interfaith outreach programs.  The messages I got back were either, I don’t know of any or here’s the name of a synagogue that is welcoming.  This confirms my suspicion that what programs there are,…

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Published on January 26th, 2009

Find Your Place

This has been a week filled with wonderful moments. On Friday night a friend of mine had his adult bar mitzvah. My friend is gay and specifically chose Achrai Mot/Kiddushim as his Torah portion so he could speak on those very difficult passages in Leviticus. He was magnificent! But it was not just his chanting…

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