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The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective

Hosted By: Temple Ner Tamid

Join author, Joy Ladin in conversation with Seth Marnin, board chair of Keshet, as they discuss Joy’s book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective. Learn how applying queer theory to the Torah yields a greater understanding of our ancestors and God. And learn how the Torah helps us build empathy and understanding, as we seek to make the most embracing and open community possible.

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Joy Ladin

Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. A poet, memoirist, and essayist, she long worked at the intersection of gender identity, religious tradition, and literature. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and prompted conversations about trans and Jewish identities around country. Her most recent book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, a Lambda Literary Award and Triangle Award finalist, is the first book-length work of trans theology from a Jewish perspective. Recognized as a founding exponent of trans poetics, she has published nine books of poetry, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists and, most recently, The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, among other honors. She serves on the Board of Keshet, an organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.
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Temple Ner Tamid

Temple Ner Tamid, located in Bloomfield, NJ, is a welcoming, diverse, and musical Reform congregation where members connect with their heritage while thinking progressively about the present. The temple's mission is to inspire our members to make our community more curious, connected, and just.
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