Being Transgender is Kosher: Beyond the Binary in Ancient Jewish Texts

October 11, 2012 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd Building Room 100 

Gender diversity is becoming more visible in our communities, and there is an explosion of Jewish scholarship and study about gender categories beyond the male-female binary in ancient Jewish texts.  In this interactive workshop, we will explore our own experiences of gender identity, and use that as jumping off point for diving into texts from the Mishna, Talmud and Hebrew Bible that examine the complexity and variety of human genders.  

Rabbi Dev Noily works in queer Jewish community, serving on the board of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, consulting with the Los Angeles-based Welcoming Synagogues Project, teaching LGBTQ inclusion at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and developing religious school curricula that integrate queer liberation into the transmission of Jewish texts and traditions.  Dev serves as School Director and Spiritual Leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont.




Ben Lunine is a second year student at the Pacific School of Religion. He serves on the board of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, works as a student volunteer with PSR's Campus Care and Peer Support program, and provides B'nai Mitzvah mentorship to Hebrew school students through his synagogue, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. Ben completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at UCSF this summer, and currently serves at Mills as a Graduate Intern with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.