The Caring Committee of Congregation Shir Hadash and Keshet warmly invites you to a special Shabbat service and program about the intersection between Judaism and transgender issues. Rabbi Susan Goldberg will speak about her role as the Rabbinic consultant for the groundbreaking television program Transparent. Transparent, the winner of multiple Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, is the story of a Jewish university professor who, upon retirement, finally decides to live publicly as a woman and the resulting impact on family and community.
Rabbi Susan Goldberg serves at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. A fourth-generation Angeleno, she is thrilled to focus on renewing LA’s east-side Jewish community to help it once again be an active part of the multicultural beauty of these neighborhoods. Her leadership has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Lilith Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, the Jewish Journal, and on radio stations KPCC and KNX.
Rabbi Susan was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she was a dancer and choreographer, performing in venues all over the world and teaching Laban Movement Analysis in a number of universities, including Loyola Marymount, Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, and CalArts. Rabbi Susan has also been committed to cross-cultural dialogue and social justice. She has served as a consultant to and the designer/facilitator of workshops for such organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Friends Service Committee, and The National Conference for Community and Justice (formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews), and was the Co-Director of the Human Relations Awareness Program for the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. She was a cofounder of Arts and Action, a community arts and culture space in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of LA. Currently she is part of the Southern California Muslim Jewish Forum, the Interfaith Clergy Roundtable for the Department of Mental Health, and is the Rabbi consultant for the groundbreaking television program, Transparent. Most importantly, she dances in her living room with her husband and their three kids.