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Taking a Break from the Protests

When my friends ask me how I like my new job, I halfheartedly complain that it’s interfering with my protest ...

On Being a Rabbi in Mississippi, Taking the Stand (Literally) Against Discrimination

When I began my position as Director of Rabbinic Services at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life just over two years ...

Orlando, Or-Anywhere

In the South, we often joke that central and southern Florida are just a little south of Manhattan – i.e., ...

A Bar Mitzvah In A Time Of Tragedy

I had planned to write about my eldest son’s bar mitzvah this weekend. I had planned to reflect upon some ...

At Passover & Always: On Freedom, Religion… And Welcoming Everyone

Sometimes, being Southern and Jewish means raising our voice. The Board of Directors of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life ...

Making it Personal: How the JCRC Advocates for Trans Inclusion

Embedded in our communal and organizational DNA is the belief that all people come before the government with an equal ...

Pronouns as a Jewish Value

Preferred Gender Pronouns:  a phrase that confuses people who haven’t heard it before. To many, pronouns seem fixed. How could ...

An Interview with Luzer Twersky: From Ultra-Orthodox to “Transparent” Star

Luzer Twersky is an actor who plays Mendel in Season Two of Amazon’s hit television show “Transparent.” He grew up ...

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 ...

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 ...