Queer Jews

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Queer Jews describes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions, and demanding that Jewish communities become more inclusive.

2002 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Spirituality.

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Editorial Reviews

Danya Ruttenberg
We've been long overdue for the book that shows where queer Jewish thought has been over the last few years-and more importantly-where it's headed. Queer Jews addresses just about every aspect of queer Jewish experience, and does so with insight, humor, and a whole lot of chutzpah. This book has vitally important things to teach anyone and everyone who picks it up.
Rebecca Alpert
Shneer and Aviv have assembled a first-rate collection of essays that will permanently alter all perceptions about Queer Jews. These vivid, cutting edge tales of the lives of transgender, bisexual, gay and lesbian Jews delight and challenge. If this book reflects the state of queer thinking in Jewish life, we may indeed count our blessings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415931663
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shneer is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Denver and former Director of Education at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco.

Caryn Aviv is a sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who currently directs the Program for Collaborative Care at the UCSF Breast Care Center.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Mixed Blessings
Introduction: Heeding Isaiah's Call 3
Creating Our Histories: A Look Back at Twice Blessed 16
How a "Liberationist" Fem Understands Being a Queer Jew, or How Taking Advice from a Prophet, Even a Jewish One, Is (Un)Transformative 23
Pt. II Identity
The Writing on the Wall: On Being a Jewish Writer, a Lesbian Writer, and a Jewish Lesbian Writer 29
A Gay Orthodox Rabbi 36
Jewish Dyke Baby-Making 44
A Young Man from Chelm: Or A Nontraditionally Gendered Hebrew School Teacher Tells All 55
Queer Naked Seder and Other Newish Jewish Traditions 70
Whose Side Are You On?: Transgender at the Western Wall 84
In the Aron Kodesh: Wrestling with the Rabbinic Closet 100
Pt. III Institutions
Kol Sason v'Kol Simcha, Kol Kalah v'Kol Kalah: Same Gender Weddings and Spiritual Renewal 111
Without Standing Down: The First Queer Jewish Street Protest 119
Out at School: A Queer Jewish Education 135
Breaking Ground: A Traditional Jewish Lesbian Wedding 148
Remaking Family: Canadian Jews, Sexuality, and Relationships 156
Remembering the Stranger: Identity, Community, and Same-sex Marriage 172
Pt. IV Culture
Lost Jewish (Male) Souls: A Midrash on Angels in America and The Producers 189
Outing the Archives: From the Celluloid Closet to the Isle of Klezbos 199
Trembling on the Road: A Simcha Diary 215
Israeli Gays and Lesbians Encounter Zionism 224
All Points Bulletin: Jewish Dykes Adopting Children 238
"Next Year in Freedom!": Taking Our Seder to the Streets 258
Glossary 271
Contributors 275
Index 283
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