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  • Reform movement will continue to push for transgender rights

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Dancing With The Stars – Oy Gay!  I love Carson Kressley!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 20, 2011 | 12:54 am

    I love this show.  Its fun to watch, and allows us to forget about all the garbage happening in the world for a couple of hours.  It was a much hyped premier and I was not disappointed,  I was bored a lot of the time, but not disappointed. There were a few performances that made it...

  • Jersey Shore vs. Chaz Bono – Who is Classy? Who is Trashy?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Anyone who thinks Chaz Bono appearing on Dancing With the Stars is bad for America, should watch last week’s Jersey Shore, and then shut the hell up.  I love the kids from the shore as much as the next person, but they should be under attack, not Chaz.  Chaz Bono is a lovely man...

  • From shul to the mikvah, transgender Jews seek place in Jewish life

    June 14, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Noach Dzmura has a master’s degree in Jewish studies, publishes widely on Jewish topics and is the communications director at his synagogue. In 2006, he received an award from the San Francisco Jewish Federation that funded a year’s study in Israel.

    He also was born a female.

  • Out and About for L.A. Pride

    By Adam Wills

    June 10, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    There’s no rain in the forecast, but you can expect to see rainbows this weekend—lots of them—in West Hollywood. The 41st annual L.A. Pride kicks off tonight, and a few local synagogues are holding special Pride Shabbat services.

    Organized by Christopher Street West, L.A. Pride...

  • BCC Looks to Future With New Home, Programs

    By Ryan Torok

    June 1, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Drivers at a red light looked on with curiosity as hundreds of congregants and supporters of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) poured out of the doors of a synagogue, forming a parade on the sidewalk of Pico Boulevard. Their destination: BCC’s new location, at 6090 W. Pico Blvd.


  • Jewish groups to be vetted for LGBT workplace policies

    January 26, 2011 | 2:49 pm

    A national initiative is underway to examine gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workplace policies at Jewish non-profit organizations.

    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which advocates for LGBT equality, announced this week an extension of its workplace equality project in...