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Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community

This course was offered in Fall, 2012.

Balancing on the Mechitza How can transgender people live Jewish lives when many of their significant life choices might be considered ‘un-kosher’? How do transgender Jews navigate gendered Jewish rituals such as burial and conversion?

Balancing on the Mechitza, winner of a Lambda Literary Award, is an anthology by scholars, activists, theologians and others, both transgender and non-transgender allies, who share their interpretations of classical Jewish texts about ambiguous bodies, as well as their stories of Jewish prayer, ritual, and social life.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, November 1
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$5 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Nov 01 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu JCC East Bay - Oakland site Noach Dzmura


JCC East Bay - Oakland site

5811 Racine Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Noach Dzmura

Noach Dzmura Noach Dzmura is editor of the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, (North Atlantic Books, 2010). He serves as Director of Jewish Transitions, a non-profit that increases knowledge and discourse about conversion and burial practices for transgender Jews and their communities. He also teaches at Starr King School for the Ministry, and has taught at the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Noach co-authored (with collective Kol Tzedek) the “Transgender Inclusion Report” presented to the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and is a member of the Transgender Task Force at the JCF that emerged from that work. Dzmura also started the East Bay Transgender Chevra a support and networking group for gender variant Jews. He has written for the Forward, Sh’ma, the Jewish Chronicle (UK), Tikkun (forthcoming), and Zeek.