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. And if you missed our earlier post by Rafi Daugherty, on why marking this day is important, you can find it here.
This Hanukah guide, part of the Ask Big Questions/Hillel, is perfect for group discussions about the risks and rewards of taking a stand. The guide features an important, moving essay by author S. Bear Bergman about the intersection of Hanukkah and Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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. Learn more
For many transgender people and people who don’t conform to societal gender norms, using a public restroom is a daily struggle. Use this sign at your next event to explain why you have created an all-gender bathroom.
My Jewish Transgender Journey: In this powerful first-person piece our Colorado Community Organizer, Rafi Daugherty, shares his path to finding himself as a trans Jew.
Shipwrecked with God: In this profoundly personal post for Yom Kippur, poet and professor Joy Ladin explores the book of Jonah, coming to terms with her identity as a woman, and her relationship with God.
Learning to Return to Myself: Emily Aviva Kapor reflects on her identity as a trans woman, and what the season of teshuva, return and repentance, looks like now that she is listening to her own “still, small inner voice.”
She who is He: When her sister became her brother, everything and nothing changed for this Jewish teen.
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.