Jewish Roundtable

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Professor Julia Watts Belser is our 13th Annual CLGS Georgia Harkness Lecturer!

by Bernard Schlager
Julia Watts Belser, a white Jewish woman with curly brown hair, sits happily in her wheelchair in front of a pink flowering bush. She's wearing a patterned red blazer and red kippah (beret) to match.

Click here to register for this ONLINE Lecture and follow-up discussion which will be offered via Zoom! Queer Crip Revelation: Disability Dance, Jewish Text, and the Sacred Potency of Difference with Professor Julia Watts Belser The 13th Annual CLGS Georgia Harkness Lecture Thursday, 20 October 2022, at 2:30pm (Pacific Time)   (Online) Join the Center […]

CLGS Announces Publication of Liberating Gender for Jews and Allies: The Wisdom of Transkeit

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS is proud to announce the publication of Liberating Gender for Jews and Allies: The Wisdom of Transkeit, co-edited by Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, Coordinator of the CLGS Jewish Roundtable, and Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Coordinator of the CLGS Transgender Roundtable. This extraordinary collection of essays by trans Jews and allies explores cutting-edge ideas about gender […]

My December Dilemma

by Jane Litman

Some years ago I was grocery shopping with my then young son Asher during the weeks leading up to Christmas.  As we were checking out, the clerk smiled and said to Asher, “I hope you’re being a good boy so that Santa will visit you.” Asher replied, “I don’t have to be good; I’m Jewish.” […]

Jewish and Queer Raised: A Retreat for the Next Generation

by Bernard Schlager

The CLGS Jewish Roundtable is hosting the first-ever gathering for adults who were raised in Jewish and queer families and communities.  Over forty young adults ranging in age from eighteen to late thirties will attend the retreat on Sunday, 3 November 2019, on the Pacific School of Religion campus in Berkeley, California. “I feel that […]

Gay Orthodox Rabbinical Student Refused Ordination

by Bernard Schlager

By Jane Litman, Coordinator, Jewish Roundtable Most people are not aware that even within Orthodox Judaism there are great differences in practice and outlook.  Twenty years ago, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) was founded in opposition to the more socially conservative Yeshivah College, as a haven for Modern (or Open) Orthodox future rabbis.  Since then, YCT […]

Jewish clergy summit confronts Trumpism

by Bernard Schlager

In July the Jewish Roundtable of CLGS hosted a Summit for LGBTQ Jewish clergy on Confronting Trumpism.  Forty spiritual leaders gathered for plenaries, workshops and worship.  The rabbis and cantors were a diverse group: ranging in age from their twenties to their eighties; serving in academia, varying sized congregations, and social justice organizations; differently abled; […]