Leaving My Ultra-Orthodox Home and Finding My Trans Self: Part Two

 Abby Stein grew up in an insular, Hasidic community in Brooklyn. When she realized she wanted a different kind of life, she contacted Footsteps, an organization that helps formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews integrate into mainstream society. It turns out, that would be only her first transition. This story begins with Part One.

Posted on November 25, 2015

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Leaving My Ultra-Orthodox Home and Finding My Trans Self: Part One

Abby Stein grew up in an insular, Hasidic community in Brooklyn. When she realized she wanted a different kind of life, she contacted Footsteps, an organization that helps formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews integrate into mainstream society. It turns out, that would be only her first transition.

Posted on November 23, 2015

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Reform and Transgender & Non-Gender Conforming Jews

The history of transgender and non-gender conforming people in the Reform Movement goes back further than we might initially realize. There were two Reform responsa in 1978 and 1990, respectively, that addressed related issues: A 1990 responsum (CCAR 5750.8) affirmed that being transgender alone is not a basis to deny someone conversion to Judaism. A 1978 responsum affirmed that a rabbi may officiate at the wedding of two Jews if one partner has transitioned to the gender with which they identify, as opposed to the one they were assigned at birth (“Marriage After a Sex-change Operation” in American Reform Responsa, Vol. LXXXVIII, 1978, pp. 52-54).  

Posted on November 12, 2015

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Finding Community, Finding a Role Model

Throughout the month, in partnership with RAVSAK, Keshet is celebrating 10 years of Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School. As Eliana’s story shows, role models are an important part of the coming out process. We are so pleased to share this personal reflection from an incredibly bright and talented young person, who has found a space to be herself within the Jewish community.

Posted on November 11, 2015

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