Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), memorializes trans individuals who have died because of anti-transgender discrimination and victimization. It occurs annually on and around November 20 each year. We invite you to explore, learn, and participate with your Jewish community this year. Below are some resources to get you started. For additional resources on trans Jewish issues, check out our Resource Library.
A Jewish Guide for Marking Transgender Day of Remembrance
Contains readings, personal stories from transgender people, quotes from rabbinic leaders, and suggested concrete action steps.
Check out TDOR events happening around the country
Trans Day of Remembrance Info Sheet
Includes tips for hosting a successful remembrance event, guiding principles, ideas for events, and planning tips.
Transgender Shabbat Liturgy
Shabbat services with liturgy, poems, and other readings specifically compiled for TDOR.
Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance
A prayer (in English) written by Rabbi Reuben Zellman on the occasion of TDOR.
Transgendered Hearts: Abraham, Sarah and Isaac
In this d’var Torah, professor, poet, and Keshet board member Joy Ladin retells the biblical stories of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac through the lens of their gender and life transitions as a way for transgender readers to find themselves in the Torah.
Parashat Toledot: Transgender Day of Remembrance
In this sermon about identity and self-understanding, Kadin Henningsen highlights the ways that characters in this Torah portion come to know themselves and what we as LGBT people can glean from this.
Surely God is in This Place – a d’var Torah for TDOR
Vanessa “Vinny” Prell offers some insights into how we, as queer Jews and allies, can understand and connect with what it means to be transgender.
Making Your Jewish Congregation or Community More Transgender Friendly
A brochure with concrete steps that Jewish communities can take to be more inclusive of their transgender members.
“I AM: Trans People Speak” Videos
Check out this series of videos of transgender Jews and allies to trans Jews. Tremendous gratitude to Keshet members Alex, David, Stacy, Stephanie, and Suzie for sharing your lives with us and to the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition for this project.
And From the Keshet Blog:
Perfect for synagogues, day schools, Hebrew schools, Hillels, JCCs, and any institution or organization that wants to create an inclusive environment.
From Keshet member, Yakov Reef