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  • Alexis Arquette, Jewish transgender actress and advocate, dies at 47

    September 12, 2016 | 1:21 pm

    Transgender actress Alexis Arquette, who worked to raise awareness about the transgender community, has died.

    Arquette, the sister of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died Sunday. She was 47. A cause was not given in a statement put out by her siblings, but...

  • Summer camps open bunks to transgender Jews

    June 23, 2016 | 1:34 pm

    Bathrooms accessible for transgender children and staff are old news at Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist movement’s summer camp in South Sterling, Pennsylvania. Five years ago the camp posted signs on bathroom doors stating “This bathroom may be used by any person regardless of...

  • Israel’s first transgender army officer celebrates pride at embassy event

    June 21, 2016 | 1:37 pm

    When Shachar was 2 years old, she asked her parents to keep her hair short. When she was 5, she asked them to throw out every skirt in her closet.

    When Shachar was 16, he realized he was a boy, and when he was 19 he got the army, Israel’s most daunting bureaucracy, to add a...

  • I’m a transgender Jewish man who had a baby — here’s why I went public with my story

    March 8, 2016 | 12:11 pm

    Two weeks ago, I heard a podcast in which two Jewish women named Ronna and Beverly misgendered me repeatedly and made fun of my story. This was not the first time I thought to myself, “Why did I choose this?”

    To be clear, I was not asking, “Why did I choose to be...

  • Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant slated for May

    March 3, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    Israel will be holding its first beauty pageant for transgender women.

    Nearly 30 transgender Jews and Arabs auditioned Thursday at a Tel Aviv club for a place in the Miss Trans Israel pageant, according to The Associated Press.

    “Definitely we are achieving, enlightening the...

  • Jewish transgender man gives birth and embraces life as a single ‘abba’

    January 22, 2016 | 11:03 am

    When Rafi Daugherty went to the hospital for the birth of his first child, he posted a sign on the delivery room door.

    “I am a single transgender man having my first baby,” it read. “I use he/him/his pronouns and will be called ‘Abba’ (Hebrew for father) by the baby. Papa, Dad,...

  • Why transgender inclusion is a Jewish imperative

    December 16, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Just when the LGBT community thinks it has taken another step toward full equality and inclusion, along come the Dennis Pragers of the world to remind us how far we still have to go.

    In his most recent opinion pieces in the Journal (“The Torah and the Transgendered,” Dec. 4, and...

  • Dennis Prager has a point

    By David Seidenberg

    December 10, 2015 | 11:59 am

    What Dennis Prager says in his most recent column (“The hate is all in one direction”) is right – liberal Jews, rabbis and laypeople, responded in these pages to his piece “Torah and the transgendered” with a lot of passion and rhetoric, even beauty, without addressing his central...

  • Letters to the Editor: Responses to Dennis Prager’s column on ‘the Torah and the transgendered’

    December 8, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    The following letters are reponses to Dennis Prager's Dec. 4 column, "The Torah and the transgendered."

    Read Dennis Prager's Response

    We are 235 members of the synagogue that Dennis Prager referred to but did not identify: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC).

    When PJTC...

  • Response to Dennis Prager

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    December 8, 2015 | 9:06 am

    When earlier last month Mr. Prager assailed against non-orthodox Judaism as not going deep enough with Torah, I championed his cause. 

    However, it seems that this month, it is Mr. Prager who has lost his way

    Torah has always been a dynamic; indeed, the rabbis prompt us to...

  • Reform movement will continue to push for transgender rights

    November 20, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days earlier —...

  • Member of prominent Chasidic family comes out as transgender

    November 18, 2015 | 5:05 pm

    A 24-year-old Brooklyn descendant of one of Chasidic Judaism’s founders has come out as transgender.

    Raised Charedi Orthodox in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Abby — originally Srully — Stein told the New York Post, and announced on a personal blog called The Second...

  • The Struggle for Honor for May Peleg

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 18, 2015 | 9:04 am

    According to the Times of Israel in “Haredi mother of transgender woman fights to stop her cremation,” May Peleg’s Will was clear: She wanted to be cremated. She also feared her family of origin would try to interfere with her stated wishes, so she asked a lawyer to fight for her...

  • The 2015 Emmys: Gender-bending, groundbreaking

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 21, 2015 | 10:11 am

    “I guess the new rule in Hollywood is not to wear makeup, or get your hair dyed,” a friend quipped during the 2015 Emmys telecast on Sunday night.

    She was referring to actress Frances McDormand, who shepherded HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” all the way from idea to golden idol – six of...

  • Thousands celebrate gay pride in Tel Aviv

    June 12, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Tens of thousands of people participated in Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade, whose theme this year was the transgender community.

    Friday’s parade, Tel Aviv’s 17th, featured an appearance by Conchita, the transgender Austrian performer who last year won the Eurovision song...

  • Caitlyn Jenner asked to be guest of honor for Tel Aviv Gay Pride Week

    June 4, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    The City of Tel Aviv invited Caitlyn Jenner to be a guest of honor at its Gay Pride Week celebration.

    Jenner, 65, the former reality show star and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, has not responded to the invitation announced Thursday. She has garnered the media spotlight...

  • Letters to the Editor: Cornel West, Transgender Community and Pamela Geller

    May 13, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    A Million Ways to Think About West 

    As someone privileged to study with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the 1960s, and hear Cornel West’s presentation on Heschel through the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, I take strong exception to the criticizing letters to the editor about the...

  • Transgender Jews: Beyond the Rainbow

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 30, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Deborah attends services at Temple Aliyah nearly every week, but on a Friday night two years ago, she was nervous. Her daughter, Rebecca, then 18 and known all of her life as Jeremy, had chosen the Kabbalat Shabbat service to come out in public dressed as a woman for the first...

  • Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion

    March 25, 2015 | 10:52 am

    At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day school in suburban Philadelphia, Patrick Rock’s name will forever be associated with...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • How Converting to Orthodox Judaism is Like Being Transgender

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 16, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I’ll start by saying I’m not converting to Orthodox Judaism, and I’m not transgender. So this whole blog post is written from an outsider’s perspective, and as a result, it may contain inaccuracies. I apologize to anyone who feels I have given an inaccurate picture of either the...

  • Transgender Israeli mother recognized as ‘father’

    September 16, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Israel’s Interior Ministry has for the first time recognized two biological fathers of the same baby.

    The baby was born to Yuval Topper-Erez, the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant, and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez in December 2011. After Interior Minister...

  • California: the left’s laboratory

    By Dennis Prager

    June 6, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Our state of California has become a laboratory. The progressive party, the Democrats, holds every statewide office, from governor on down, and they hold super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature. Even if every Republican legislator in Sacramento votes against a...

  • Becoming Less Normal

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 29, 2013 | 8:00 am

    I’ve never really considered myself to be “normal.” What I mean by that is I’ve always felt different from most other people. It probably started with my toes. The second and third toe on each of my feet are joined about half way up. (They are not, I must clarify, webbed!) It...

  • Little Boxes on the Hillside

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 14, 2013 | 10:28 am

    By M. Alexander

    Earlier this week, while running a Prevention group at a Hebrew School in the valley, we ran into a difficult dilemma when we split the group into boys and girls. The teacher fashions herself a progressive and decided that a split by gender was antiquated. What...

  • Boston doctor finds treating transgender youth a transforming experience

    January 19, 2012 | 5:54 pm

    In a family of prominent Jewish educators, Norman Spack could be called the rebel. He became a doctor.

    “I’m the only one who didn’t go into Jewish education,” quips Spack, a senior associate in the endocrine division at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for 39...

  • Making it easier for LGBT Jewish kids to be open, honest

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 1, 2011 | 8:44 pm

    Someday, maybe every gay Jewish youth will have as easy a time coming out as Elias Rubin did.

    “I came out a few days after I figured it out myself,” said the 11th-grader from Valley Village. “Everybody was totally supportive and accepting.”

    That was when he was in eighth...

  • National Coming Out Day: Be Brave, Be Strong, Be Yourself, Be Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Today is National Coming Out Day. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities have my support on this very important day.  I hope those of you who are contemplating coming out, have the love and support you need to embrace who you are, be proud, and be free.

    The day will...

  • Pregnant Israeli man to be a mom

    October 3, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    An Israeli man is pregnant and soon will give birth.

    The man, 24, was a female who underwent a sex-change operation. He is married to another man and is entering his eighth month of pregnancy, Yediot Achronot reported. He wears a goatee and looks like a man, according to the newspaper.

    While the man had his breasts removed three years ago, his reproductive organs remained intact. He is the first Israeli transgender to ever achieve pregnancy.

    The pregnancy is progressing normally, according to the report.

  • DWTS:  We Have Spoken and Gay is Good!  God Bless America!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 21, 2011 | 10:37 am

    The folks at Dancing With The Stars managed to turn the one hour results show into two hours by giving us a “meet the cast” special. Tom spoke with each contestant for a couple of minutes, and showed part of their dance from the night of competition.  The thing is, we didn’t...

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