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Beyond the Binary: Gender Diversity and Judaism

Sunday, April 18, 2021 6 Iyyar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Past Sessions
Sunday, April 11, 2021 29 Nisan 5781 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 4, 2021 22 Nisan 5781 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ariel Zitny and  Ze'evi Berman present a 3-session workshop on gender and Judaism.
Did you know the idea that there is more than just male and female has existed in Judaism from at least the time of the Mishnah (200 CE)? Come learn about the six genders in Judaism, and what our tradition can teach us about gender diversity and inclusion of people who don't fit into the gender binary.
Ariel Zitny (he/they) is a queer/trans rabbinical and education student at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College. Ariel has received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. He has three pieces published in Rabbi Eger's collection Mishkan Ga'avah: Where Pride Dwells. Ariel is passionate about poetry, feminism, and cats. When he’s not working, studying, or thinking of ways to make Judaism more trans-inclusive, he enjoys watching Netflix and baking with his partner Ze'evi and their two cats.
Ze’evi Berman (they/them, ze/zem/zer) is a student at Hebrew Union College studying toward cantorial ordination and a masters of Jewish education. Ze’evi describes themself as queer, trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer. They hold a BA in Music from Bennington College. With roots in song leading and music education at URJ camps and NYC synagogues, Ze’evi believes in the power of communal prayer and song as a tool for social change. As one of the first out trans cantorial students, Ze’evi is passionate about shaping our Jewish communities and Jewish rituals to become places of belonging for trans and nonbinary Jews. In their free time, Ze’evi enjoys practicing handstands and baking challah. Ze’evi lives in Los Angeles with their partner Ariel and their two cats. 
Sponsored by our Tzedek Council and our Gender Diversity Task Force
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Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyyar 5781