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The 8 Genders of the Talmud
BY LEAH FALK for Jewniverse
If you want to smash the gender binary (by, for example, giving transpeople a comfortable place to pee), Judaism can feel like an odd fit. The obligation to observe commandments is traditionally divided along male/female lines: men pray three times daily, while women don’t have to; men put on tefillin, while women do not. Some women’s recent efforts to observe the religious privileges they’re exempt from have made ripples in the Jewish world, and even the news.
A Comprehensive and Updated LGBTQ Hanukkah Gift Guide!
BY SHIRA BURNS for myjewishlearning.com, reprinted from Keshet Blog. Note, this article appeared in 2016.
This year Hanukkah happens to begin on Christmas and end on New Years. With all that’s happening on your calendar, it can be hard to find a time to go shopping for those you love– so we’ve done it for you! Below you’ll find clothing, decorations, books, and more for the queer Jews and allies in your life! (Click on each gift to find out where to purchase it)
Let’s start with the card and the candles:
Want more great Hanukkah ideas? Find articles, crafts, and recipes in our Hanukkah Guide.
A queer femme/transfeminine interfaith feminist celeGAYtion
It was important to both of us to represent both of our faith traditions, and to incorporate our vibrant, polyamorous, queer, trans communities as much as possible. We had a huge wedding party (14 people!) because there are so many people who are incredibly dear to us…
My partner is a bearded, genderqueer, transfeminine person, and it was really important to us to be visible and proud about our relationship because so many people think that people like us can't (or don't deserve) to find love and happiness. Caleb rocked a gorgeous wine-colored wedding dress, while I went with a more traditional white gown, and we did our damndest to show the world that love like this will not be hidden.
The Nazi Trifecta
Kenny Fries for Jewish Book Council
At a dinner party soon after I moved to Berlin, a German guest recounted the story of his struggle to restore the bomb-battered grave of his grandfather at the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee. He regaled the dinner guests, telling us about his phone call to the cemetery administrator, who told him the requirement that all new gravestones are required to quote scripture.
“But my father wasn’t a believer,” he complained to the administrator. “He wouldn’t have wanted scripture, Jewish or otherwise, on his tombstone. He was a Communist.”
“Make up your mind,” demanded the administrator. “Was your grandfather a Jew or a Communist?”
The Terrific ‘Beach Rats’ Isn’t Your Typical Gay Coming of Age Movie
By: Nico Lang for intomore.com
The new film by Eliza Hittman is a complicated coming-of-age story that challenges how we think about queer films today.
Great movies often feel as though they are in conversation with other movies. Beach Rats, the second feature film from Eliza Hittman, is not quite a great movie, but it aspires to be one.
A tone poem about a young man struggling with his attraction to other men, Beach Rats recalls Saturday Night Fever, another film about frustrated masculinity set in blue-collar Brooklyn. Frankie, played by the electric Harris Dickinson, is a spiritual successor to Tony Manero. Both characters struggle to find themselves in an environment that doesn’t appear to have many options for the men they want to be. Beach Rats is the rare movie to feel like a descendant of both Kenneth Anger and Harmony Korine. Anger festishizes masculinity, whereas Korine explores the consequences when manhood isn’t fully realized.
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MAJYK 2017 is coming to Beth El?
The Mid-Atlantic Jr. Youth Kallah will be hosted by Beth El on December 15-17 to experience a taste of NFTY and learn about its traditions and lingo. In order to make this a success we need to find host families for 150-200 middle schoolers. Please contact our Youth Advisors, Nori and Marissa, to become a host family!
Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?
With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool. If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground." If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!
Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects
For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.
Beth El House
For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house
Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.
TONIGHT, December 6 at 7:00 PM
"The Israeli Intelligence Community"
Who is the intelligence community; what are its areas of activity, how was it established,
and what were the defining events in its history.
You do NOT want to miss this exciting speaker.
December 15 - 17
*WE STILL NEED HOST FAMILIES*
December 19, 20, 21
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
***December 20 will also sort during religious school
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM***
There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.