7 Search Results for "beit midrash"

Cross-Dressing through the Ages (Beit Midrash)

Cross-Dressing through the Ages (Beit Midrash) Submitted by JP Payne    Short Summary of Event: A beit midrash (literally “house of study”) is a place for people to come together and engage with Jewish texts, from Torah, to Talmud, to the medieval sages, and up through modern voices. This event…

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The White House Jewish Liaison Who Waves the Rainbow Flag

NEW YORK – Matt Nosanchuk knows from pressure. As associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, Nosanchuk represents President Obama to the Jewish community. Every fractious part of it. Sometimes, like while watching Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin light candles at last December’s White House Hanukkah party, his job is…

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Keshet Town Hall Votes “Yes” on Transgender Rights

This November, Massachusetts voters will be asked whether to repeal the state’s 2016 transgender anti-discrimination law. Enacted in July 2016 and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, the law listed gender identity as one of the factors against which people cannot be discriminated in a public space. Voting on the law coincides…

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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as Keshet’s Director of Education and Training. Before Keshet, Micah had the position of  Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis, where he provided personalized support, connection, and meaningful programming for individuals throughout the St. Louis community. His work…

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Manners Equivalent to Men

“Androgynos is in some manners equivalent to men and in some manners equivalent to women; in some manners equivalent to both men and women; and in some manners equivalent to neither men nor women.” (Mishnah Ze’raim, Bikkurim) I don’t know how many men have studied this text in yeshivah or…

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For Trans Jews, ‘A Community Of Our Own’

Attendees at the “Trans Jews Are Here Convening” dance at Havdalah. Photos by Samantha Davis/Courtesy of CBST When Jillian Weiss first joined Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in 1998, she was one of the few transgender members of the LGBTQ synagogue. Late last month, she was one of over 100 transgender…

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The Wreathed Chanukah Wand: Sukkot in December

Surface Similarities Between Hanukkah and Christmas. December is a very complicated time for Jews. Hanukkah sometimes comes early, coinciding with Thanksgiving. Sometimes it is late, extending into the new secular year. Either way, it always lacks the trappings and pageantry of the holiday held on the 25th. For Jews, there…

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