Originally posted on a professional queer jew's blog:
I realize I’ve been a little M.I.A. lately, but I have a good excuse! I have started to use my organizing skills in a new way. As you may know, the grant that made my position possible at the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund reached its successful completion early this spring. So, after many years, I left the work of advancing the lives of LGBT Jews in the very capable hands of Sasha T. Goldberg who is the Bay Area Director of Keshet (info).
I am still in the loop: I still serve on local committees for JCRC, NUJLS, and Keshet, proudly claim my membership at Sha’ar Zahav, as well as continue to be involved in the work of a variety of groups. After only a few months consulting outside of the Jewish community, I accepted a temporary position with the New Israel Fund as Interim Regional Co-Director while Becky Buckwald is out on maternity-leave through August. I am already deep into helping with the Annual Guardian of Democracy Dinner (info), shaping the logistics of NIF’s International Board Meeting and promoting local events such as Love, Hate and the Jewish State (info).
Working with the brilliant folks like Orli Bein, Steve Rothman, Daniel Sokatch, Penina Eilberg-Schwartz, Hannah Ellenson and Etai Freedman has already given me an incredible opportunity to engage with topics that I care about in a whole new context.
This new professional chapter for me has just started and already it has been incredibly rewarding. While I don’t know where I am specifically going to land again in September, I do know that I’d like to continue using my organizing skills for a cause I care about, but that could of course could be within a variety of areas.
I’m open to ideas and I want to hear from you! I’m excited to see what happens next! Much love and hope to see you soon!
This Friday evening marks the sixth year that San Francisco’s progressive reform Congregation Sha’ar Zahav has stepped into the role of Jewish community caretaker for the annual sacred event of transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).
More and more people, trans and non-trans, are raising their voices in commemoration each year.
This particular evening, open to the greater community – both Jews and our Jewish allies, will be focused on remembering all who have suffered from anti-transgender violence.
The service beginning at 7:30pm led by Rabbi Camille Angel and Martin Rawlings-Fein will be focused in part on the holy act of remembering.
Together as a community we will read the names of those that have been murdered this year due to anti-transgender violence. As well as all of the unknown whom no one really knew the following names will be included:
♥ Idania Roberta Sevilla Raudales z”l, ♥ Luisa Alvarado Hernández z”l, ♥ Lady Óscar Martínez Salgado z”l, ♥ Reana ‘Cheo’ Bustamente z”l, ♥ Génesis Briget Makaligton z”l, ♥ Krissy Bates z”l, ♥ Fergie Alice Ferg z”l, ♥ Jessica Rollon z”l, ♥ Tyra Trent z”l, ♥ Priscila Brandão z”l, ♥ Marcal Camero Tye z”l, ♥ Shakira Harahap z”l, ♥ Miss Nate Nate (or Née) Eugene Davis z”l, ♥ Lashai Mclean z”l, ♥ Didem z”l, ♥ Camila Guzman z”l, ♥ Gaby z”l, ♥ Gaurav Gopalan z”l, ♥ Shelley Hilliard z”l
May each of these names be for a blessing.
- read more on trans remembrance day by martin rawlings-fein
- Official Transgender Remembrance Blog http://www.transgenderdor.org/?page_id=1663
- From shul to the mikvah, transgender Jews seek place in Jewish life (jta.org)
- Transgender Day of Remembrance (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Transgender Day of Remembrance (queerlandia.com)
- Emerson Whitney: Trans Representation in the Media (huffingtonpost.com)
- Happy to be a girl (connection-revolution.com)
- 13th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, 11/20 (uchicagolgbtq.wordpress.com)
- Remembrance Day (mrdavis10.wordpress.com)
- Rebecca Juro: Why Transgender Identity Matters (huffingtonpost.com)
Yasher Koach to chatanim (חתנים or grooms) Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan!
Standing in matching kittle’s (קיטלנים or traditionally white linen robes that Ashkenazim are known to be buried in after wearing it to their wedding as well as annually on Yom Kippur to signify purity, holiness and new beginnings) and orange kippah’s (כִּפוֹת or platter-shaped head caps worn for respect) the two men stood under the chupah (a symbol of the home that the couple will build together) in Washington D.C. holding hands.
I understand from the blogsphere that many in the Orthodox tradition are dismissing the wedding as both of the grooms are men. Although no one has asked me my opinion on the matter here it is: of course it counts. The grooms were married in Washington D.C. by Rabbi Steven Greenberg, author of the 2004 groundbreaking book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition.
- Out of all of the blog coverage on this possible Orthodox first my favorite post can be found here.
- Video clips from the wedding ceremony can be viewed on Roee Ruttenberg’s +972 blog.
- Click here to read the Jewish Journal’s profile of Rabbi Steven Greenberg.
- Orthodox Rabbi Officiates Same-Sex Wedding (lezgetreal.com)
- Orthodox Rabbi Matches Lesbians and Gays So They Can Have Some Babies (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Israeli rabbis launch initiative to marry gay men to lesbian women (news4pk.wordpress.com)
- Orthodox Rabbi Matches Lesbians and Gays So They Can Have Some Babies (lezgetreal.com)
- Huffpost’s “15 Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders”. Who’s Not on the List? (queeringthechurch.com)
- Areleh Harel: The Orthodox Rabbi Helping Gay Men to Marry Lesbians (time.com)
- Huffpost’s “15 Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders”. Who’s Not on the List? (queeringthechurch.com)
My colleague in Washington D.C., who like me works to break down obstacles in our communities paths to living Jewishly, responds to the article, ”Bridging the gap between faith and sexuality” (WJW, Oct. 20) in the brilliantly written (and re-posted below) letter. This article that my colleague writes about seems to express a limited capacity as to the centrality of Judaism in the lives of many that are outside of a hetero-normative experience.
I too have a limited capacity to understand how the role of Judaism can not be central to my life. Proudly I am as Jewish as I am a proud Lesbian, American, Feminist and ally to identities that are created in the image of the divine, צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים; t’zelem elohim, but are not my own. Judaism helps to make meaning of my life, help me understand the inexplicable and it gives me some structure to the chaos around me. This afternoon, the chaos around me can be read simply through the blatant disregard for LGBT Jewish identity in this passive Editors response to my colleagues letter, “WJW had no intention to take a position on this issue.”
This evening I am speaking on a panel hosted by Spectrum, Marin’s LGBT Center. We will be talking about how different religions handle biblical prohibitions against homosexuality and on the role religion plays in helping make meaning of our LGBT lives. I anticipate questions about how LGBT Jews continue to look beyond words written in Torah as well as how it is that so many LGBT Jews continue to love a community of cultural relevance, faith and spirituality when some continue to foster feelings of marginalization for LGBT Jews and our steadfast allies. I have a few answers to these questions, including boasting about how extraordinary our local Jewish Editorial staff is, but I would prefer to give them in person, so if you are up for a conversation please join us.
Meanwhile, read this letter as it has been ‘cut and pasted’ from wjw: “What GLOE works to counter everyday. As a proud member of both the Jewish and GLBT communities in Washington, I was hurt and outraged to find that Washington Jewish Week seems to state that these communities are mutually exclusive. As the director of GLOE, a program of the DCJCC, I know that they are not.
The article “Bridging the gap between faith and sexuality” (WJW, Oct. 20) stated “While the Torah strictly prohibits homosexual behavior” as a fact without question. Such a qualifier does a tremendous disservice to all GLBT Jews and undermines the effort to build a more inclusive community.
Jay Michaelson’s book, God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality, discusses the common misconceptions around this supposed biblical prohibition. Since this book, its author, and the surrounding program at the DCJCC were the topic of the article, I found it incongruous that the piece introduced Michaelson’s thesis with a dogmatic interpretation of the Torah. Even more importantly, the biblical imperatives towards love, community, justice, family, and saving a life, both vastly outnumber and outweigh any other verses one might “strictly” quote. WJW is an important voice in our community and the articles, images and words it chooses to print carry significance. That phrase, which betrays a bias toward exclusion, has repercussions throughout the community. I worry your readership will see this factually-stated interpretation and believe it to be true. Further, I am horrified to think of the closeted gay kids in our Jewish community whose parents receive this paper. Seeing an article in a Jewish paper that speaks to a gay and Jewish identity is a rarity for them. When they read beyond the headline, that “who you are is strictly prohibited in the Torah,” it only serves to shame them and to alienate them from Judaism – something GLOE works to counter every day.
Your statement was not just untrue – or even simply an unfortunate misphrasing – but rather, it highlights the bigotry that still exists within the Jewish community, and the lack of value placed on our lives as GLBT Jews. Haley Cohen, GLOE Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement Washington DCJCC”
In the fall of 1998 the Office of Student Life at the University of Oregon received a notice in the mail about a student leadership conference aimed at empowering GLBT Jewish leaders. The Dean who received the memo called our local Jewish Student Union, LGBT Alliance and Hillel House to recruit someone to represent the University of Oregon at this conference called NUJLS. I was nominated, grant dollars were dispersed, I flew to Texas, met a dozen new friends and learned about Jewish community leadership. Just like that my career, as I write about in this blog, discovered its roots.
From my perspective one of the many barriers that people experience into the organized Jewish community was eliminated for me. Representing the University of Oregon as a Gay Jewish leader, gave me the opportunity as a young person to easily navigate into the depths of what our Jewish community has to offer.
Each Spring since 1997, Queer Jewish University-level students, as well as our steadfast LGBT allies, have joined together on a selected University campus to learn from each other for a weekend Shabbaton affectionately called NUJLS. Each year NUJLS features speakers, text study, and workshops on topics such as Judaism and queerness, activism, relationships, ethics, coming out, and time to talk about our differing views on how students think about Israel. NUJLS provides an opportunity for student leaders from Universities across North America to build community, network and become more familiar with Jewish life.
This February at American University in Washington D.C. students will be able to hear from galvanizing speakers, share shabbat meals and participate in leadership workshops all the while fostering in the next generation of connected and inspired LGBT Jewish leaders.
As an alumni of NUJLS and now a proud board member I am asking my networks to help me spread the word on campuses and in your greater communities about NUJLS. Learn more!
- Visit the NUJLS Website!
- Top 10 LGBT Websites and Blogs
- This is a gender neutral restroom.
- Dr. Frank Kameny, Jewish Gay Rights Pioneer, Dies At 86
- finding the community that works for you
- breaking barriers
- shout out today: tomorrow is a day of silence
- The DCJCC GLOE Blog at 16th and Q
- Bet Mishpachah - Mishpachah Matters
- Gayim DC, a yahoo group for Jewish Gay, Bisexual and Trans identified men
- Nice Jewish Girls of DC, a yahoo group for Jewbians
- Out Gay Hillel Students at American University in DC: Oy J!
- Annual DC Metro Area GLBT Studies Symposium: Scholarship to Activism
- Spectrum Advisor Project
- A 2011 Guide to GLBTA Life at American University
- Jason Benkendorf named ED of American University Hillel
- countering the untrue (qjew.wordpress.com)
We speak about removing barriers for people often at my work in the organized Jewish community. These barriers we speak about can often mean finances but they can easily be much simpler and much more tangible. These barriers can be a physical or mental block that keeps someone in the margins not able to get access to what our Jewish community has to offer.
Here is a barrier that we don’t speak about a lot in the organized Jewish community: restrooms. Many people have no safe places to go to the bathroom. It is true! Ever wonder about the gender of that long-haired person in the men’s room or that short-haired person in the woman’s room? Imagine the looks that they get each time they simply have to go to the bathroom because their gender presentation does not fit the mold of other people around them. Many people avoid public bathrooms altogether because these looks can quickly turn into harassment.
A copy of the sign that you can see in this blog is now hanging on our third floor outside of a restroom that was once reserved solely for use by men. A few years ago we put up a sign that simply said “gender neutral” but guests in our building kept referring to it as the “transgender bathroom.” This awkward phrasing that was being used started to create an even more isolating experience for both guests and employees. So together with two of my colleagues we were able to craft this updated sign.
I don’t always know how to honor each one of our community’s micro successes in the LGBT inclusion work that I do. We do not even know yet if this new sign can be seen as a success. I simply hope that this sign and story can present an opportunity to shape the way we can see things differently as a community.
I am aware that we need to share these moments of change to help other communities take similar steps towards greater inclusion. So if you have a suggestion on a success that you have experienced, please share it!
If you are looking for more gender neutral bathroom resources take a look here:
- Safe2pee - a collective of like-minded activists offering resources to find safe places to use the bathroom and activism to promote gender free public restrooms
- Toilet Training – a documentary video and collaboration between transgender videomaker Tara Mateik and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work.
- Toilet Training Toolkit – a companion toolkit full of useful facts and talking points about trans equality and bathroom access
- Peeing in Peace – a resource guide created by the Transgender Law Center combining basic information about how someone can protect themselves with common sense steps that can be taken to change the way in which an employer, school administrator, business owner, or government oﬃcial handles bathroom access issues
- West Coast LGBT Training Institute for the Jewish Community - The purpose of the training is to make sure that LGBT youth, families, and staff are safe and affirmed in all Jewish educational and community settings. Participants will be trained and given the tools and guidance to replicate the trainings in their own communities.
- The Little Zeus’s Room (bilerico.com)
- University students push for gender-neutral washrooms (ctv.ca)
- UCLA To Make Co-Ed Roommates An Option For Transgender Students? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gender-neutral passports a possibility (pinkbananaworld.com)
- California Passes Two Historic Transgender Laws (huffingtonpost.com)
- Indonesia’s transgender couples surrounded by fear and persecution (guardian.co.uk)
- No, this isn’t really the way to include transgender people (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)
- LGBT Book Readings at the Jewish Community Library (qjew.wordpress.com)
Both readings are free and open to the public at the San Francisco Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) Jewish Community Library. The library is located at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 94115, between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is free garage parking at the entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. For more information contact Allison at (415) 567-3327, ext 703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Top 10 LGBT Websites and Blogs (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday night: Meet me in Marin Co! (jewishexperienceonline.com)
- Meiselman Revisited: reflections on Orthodox feminist literature (haamnews.wordpress.com)
- gays have kids too (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Chinese Jews Feel More At Home In Israel (huffingtonpost.com)
Dr. Frank Kameny lived many of his 86-years as an out activist, leader and hero. It is with only a blessed form of irony that he left us today, on National Coming Out Day. May Frank’s memory be for a blessing. To understand our LGBT American history please get to know a bit more about his story. Our history and our civil rights seemed to be paired perfectly with Frank Kameny’s once radical notion that we have a right in this country to stand up for, “First Class Citizenship for Homosexuals.” Right on, brother.
- Frank Kameny, Gay Rights Pioneer, Dies At 86 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Grandfather Of LGBT Rights Movement Frank Kameny Passes Away At 86 (lezgetreal.com)
- Frank Kameny, R.I.P. (volokh.com)
- Pioneering gay activist Frank Kameny dies at 86 (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Gay rights pioneer Kameny dead at 86 (cnn.com)
- Frank Kameny, gay rights pioneer, dead at 86 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
In California, we are fortunate that we have become the first state in the nation to require public schools to add lessons about our gay and trans history to social studies classes. Yet, this only happened after Governor Jerry Brown signed this landmark bill a few months ago created by LGBT Jewish leader Mark Leno (learn more).
Therefore because our LGBT history is not being taught and talked about much, the month of October has become LGBT History Month. The goal of this month is to send a consistent message about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in American history.
Starting in 2006, a nonprofit group called Equality Forum has promoted 1 of 31 chosen LGBT History Month Hero’s or Icons each day in October. Throughout the short history of this tradition 18 Jewish leaders have been recognized. These LGBT Jewish Icons are: Susan Sontag z”l*, Annie Leibovitz, Leonard Bernstein z”l, Larry Kramer, Lowell Selvin, Barney Frank, David Geffen, Harvey Milk z”l, Maurice Sendak, Leslie Feinberg, Suze Orman, Joan Nestle, Magnus Hirschfeld z”l, Allen Ginsberg z”l, Tony Kushner, Harvey Fierstein, Stephen Sondheim and Aaron Copland z”l.
This year marks the 6th Anniversary of this work by the Equality Forum and today is the unveiling of the 19th Jewish LGBT leader to be listed. Today, on Coming Out Day, which falls annually on October 11, Los Angeles based Rabbi Denise Eger has been chosen as the LGBT hero or icon of the day. Her bio and story can be seen here.
Mazel Tov, Rabbi Eger! Thank you for being an inspiration to so many people throughout both our Jewish and LGBT worlds!
- LGBT History Month honors Ricky Martin, Wanda Sykes, Ryan Murphy, Pedro Zamora, 27 other icons (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Will you join me and pledge to go purple in support of LGBT youth? (qjew.wordpress.com)
- LGBT History Month 2011 Website Launch (queerlandia.com)
- Philadelphia Freedom: The Dewey’s Lunch Counter Sit-In (queerty.com)
- Mayor Nutter to Kick Off Lgbt History Month (cityofphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- gays have kids too (qjew.wordpress.com)
- October is LGBT history month (queeringthechurch.com)
- Top 10 LGBT Websites and Blogs (qjew.wordpress.com)
* There are several traditional Jewish honorifics for the dead which are used interchangeably when naming and speaking of the deceased. The most common honorific is translated from the Hebrew into English to mean, of blessed memory. In Hebrew this honorific is written זיכרונה לברכה\ זיכרונו לברכה (Hebrew transliteration is zikhrono livrakha/zikhronah livrakha). As seen frequently on this blog the use of this honor is further abbreviated to the first two letters of the Hebrew transliteration words, z”l or the first two letters of the Hebrew wordsז״ל.
my new flatmate works in pr and marketing and already knows that i am a geek with social media stats. in his natural kindness he sent me this interesting list of the most popular LGBT websites and blogs. the list was compiled in june 2011 by a group called compete.com in partnership with a media database group called cision. they ranked the sites listed below by unique visitors per month (uvpm).
if you are also a social media geek or if you simply want to know where folks are going to get their lgbt related news and gossip take a look…
- Advocate.com 290,315 uvpm
- AfterEllen.com 203,924 uvpm
- Towleroad 200,477 uvpm
- Queerty 196,806 uvpm
- AfterElton.com 145,255 uvpm
- The Bilerico Project 78,459 uvpm
- homorazzi.com 77,342 uvpm
- gay.com 71,360 uvpm
- Outsports 68,573 uvpm
- GayGamer.net 56,550 uvpm
- Op-ed Contributor, Lillian Faderman asks, If You Take Down Israel, What Else Goes With It? (advocate.com)
- Out Athletes (outsports.com)
- Sister Mischief follows a Jewish Lesbian teen who loves hip-hop (afterellen.com)
- AfterElton: More Changes to LGBT Blogosphere (bilerico.com)
- Man Crush: Brandon Barash! A Gay Jewish Hunk from St. Louis, MO! (homorazzi.com)
- The Top 20 Most Important LGBT Figures in History (bilerico.com)
- did god drunk text us last week? ask rabbi yehuda levin and michele bachmann (gay.net)
- gays have kids too (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Sappho Islands, The Only Gay Bar In Uganda, Closes (queerty.com)
- ‘Out and Around’ Highlights Global LGBT Advocacy (bilerico.com)
- David Badash: The Fate of Gay News Sites & Blogs (bilerico.com)
- Celebration is Over (are we through) (lezgetreal.com
- LGBT Social Media Ethics: Is That Really You? (bilerico.com)
During these days between the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, Jews are told to reflect on what really matters to us. So here it goes, one thing that really matters to me is continually bringing the stories and realities of everyday LGBT Jewish leaders into the mainstream. Many LGBT folks don’t always have the big life concepts mapped out for them. By the way, when I write “them”, I do mean me as well.
I often look to the experiences of my family to help me navigate this world but a few things don’t always translate. Some translations on expectations and roles get lost on me. Not so much because of discrimination any more, but more often the nuance of difference. I work to find community and friendships with other LGBT Jewish leaders, in part because they model one of the many ways that I might too have a healthy same-sex relationship, how to raise children, how to present the gender identity that works for me, or how to juggle the demands of chosen family versus biological family.
Something else that matters to me is a love of democracy and the drama of politics. So when I saw this ad yesterday, pairing my love of politics with a story that brings a local queer Jewish family into the mainstream – I had to link to it. So in honor of speaking out to what matters to me during the Jewish High Holiday’s as well as embracing October as LGBT History Month please take a look at this 33 second ad featuring our LGBT lives having mainstream visibility. The ad features a gay and Jewish former city supervisor, Bevan Dufty running for mayor of San Francisco, proudly introducing himself in his most important identity role: a father.
- Autostraddle, Bevan Dufty Reminds Us Gay Candidates Have Kids Too (link)
- I Want to be a (Gay) Dad, Celebrating LGB Parents (link)
- Queer Landia, Gay SF Hopeful features Daughter in New Ad (link)
- Towlroad, Gay SF Mayoral Hopeful Bevan Dufty Features Daughter (link)
- The Stir, Gay Candidate for Mayor ‘Exploits’ Kid By Admitting She Exists (link)
- David Mixner Blog, Impressions (link)
- Politco, Ben Smith’s Frontiers of Gay Politics (link)
- Gay Politcs, Bevan Dufty in Someplace New (link)
- San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bevan Dufty loves MUNI (link)
Do you remember when a few Americans got involved in launching a political movement to eliminate homosexuality in Uganda? How about when The Rachel Maddow Show covered this anti-gay hysteria with the catchy title, “Uganda Be Kidding Me“? Do you remember learning about the murder of David Kato after a Ugandan media outlet published his name and photograph along with 99 additional Ugandan leaders with the corresponding title, “Top 100 Homosexuals – Hang Them”? (read more)
It was within this mishigas that Bay Area LGBT Jewish community leader, Avi Rose with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS) began to take action. Now, Danny Dyson, a Ugandan refugee who gained asylum status based on all of this anti-gay persecution, is living here in the Bay Area.
What’s next? Gay refugees settling in our community from Iran? Yes! I understand more LGBT folks will be joining us from both Iran and Uganda soon thanks again to Avi Rose, JFCS, a few philanthropists and the Direction of Neil Grungras with the Organization for Refuge Asylum and Migration (ORAM). These amazing leaders and advocates truly help make our Jewish community shine…
- Learn more about our new Bay Area community member Danny Dyson, in a article by Matt O’Brien, Gay Ugandan Refugee Finds Home in Bay Area (Contra Costs Times)
- Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Is Back (Bilerico.com)
- Network with Bay Area LGBT Jewish Professionals over a free five-series lunch and learn! (Jewish Community Federation)
- What is the group that advocates for refugees fleeing sexual or gender based violence all about? (ORAM)
- Tulituuka Women’s Group : Uganda (Kiva.org)
- Queer and Jewish? Looking for something to do in San Francisco? Take a look at our LGBT Calendar! (Jewish Federation)
- Uganda Is Trying To Sneak The “Kill The Gays” Bill Under Our Noses (queerty.com)
Each time I walk by one of the many billboards across town proudly showcasing a rather butch-presenting 5′ tall Gertrude Stein, I have a little self-loving-pride moment. I have a feeling that I am not the only 5’3″ Jewish woman who finds the sight similarly validating. But sadly, this spectacular pride-filled San Francisco Summer of Stein will come to a close at both the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) on September 6 (event listing)… So, folks, go to the exhibitions soon or you will miss it… Need a little nudge to get there? Take a look at a few shots of folks in our community who have already enjoyed a little Parisian summer time fun…
Don’t let the summer go by without experiencing how the City of San Francisco is celebrating the life, legacy and lesbianism of two Jewish icons, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas on view now through Sept. 6 (learn more). Continue to get to know who makes up this incredible queer Jewish community by tagging yourself and your friends in these and more of the photos from the summer on facebook.
- SFist Reviews: Four Saints in Three Acts (sfist.com)
- Volunteers are my personal hero’s and further, they are serious superstars! Thank you for your help. (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Lesbian couple ejected from Gertude Stein exhibit (jta.org)
- Gertrude Stein Through Artists’ Eyes (npr.org)
- The infamous brownies of Miss Alice B. Toklas. (inaparisstateofmind.wordpress.com)
- After Anti-Gay Incident, Let’s All Hold Hands At SF Museum (lezgetreal.com)
- be here or there or there rain or shine (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Exhibition Shows Fierce Art Patronage of the Fierce Steins (nytimes.com)
- SFMOMA ‘Steins Collect’ – labels tell more (sfgate.com)
After overhearing the music of Harel Skaat flooding through my office wall all afternoon my colleague in the office next door poked his head into my office to tell me, “his music is great…” I smiled and asked if he would join me at his concert in Palo Alto (details) but before he responded he paused giving me a rare and almost-shy-smile. He then quickly asked, “do you know if he or his boyfriend need a nice place to stay in the Castro while they are in town? I have a place in the Castro…”
So of course, I wanted to see why such a fine gentleman would be so courteous to offer up his home to a couple of strangers. That is when I learned that the boyfriend of Harel Skaat is the Israeli model, Idan Roll. I stopped wondering and just responded with a smirk….
I don’t know where Idan and Harel are staying (or if they are coming to the Bay Area together) but I do know that all before the age of 30, Harel Skaat has become one of the leading and most sought-after male-vocalists in Israel. His Yemenite and Iraqi Jewish roots formed his distinctive sound within a particular genre of pop music and his work in the music industry has received all possible Israeli accolades. He has also received attention in the New York Times (story) not only for his musical talents but his attention to fashion too. Sadly, Harel’s visit to the Bay will be short this time with limited performances but you can keep track of the whereabouts of this gay israeli musical icon on his website (link).
I hope that you have been able to participate in this spectacular summer of Stein. If you have not yet seen the exhibitions at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) , no more excuses folks: you have got to get out and see how San Francisco is all about celebrating the life, work and art-centered-legacy of the once-local Jewish Lesbian, Gertrude Stein, z”l.
Here is your chance. Via my work at the Jewish Community Federation I have one comp ticket to give away to Thursday’s art-filled-LGBT-centered-celebration called, An Evening in Gay Paris. Interested in being my plus one? Let me know and I will enter you into our raffle for the ticket.
- Contemporary Jewish Museum to Host “Hand Holding Day” This Sunday (sfist.com)
- The Personalities of Paint in The Steins Collect (blog.sfmoma.org)
- There will be no gay hand holding at the Gertrude Stein exhibit in San Francisco (vol1brooklyn.com)
- Lesbian Couple Told to Stop Holding Hands at Gertrude Stein Exhibit in San Francisco (towleroad.com)
- wayne koestenbaum takes on the stein’s as a queer historian (qjew.wordpress.com)
- Picasso’s Portrait of Gertrude Stein: Mona Lisa of the Twentieth Century (cjmvoices.blogspot.com)
- Sitting with Alice B. Toklas (blog.sfmoma.org)
- Lesbians Kicked Out of Gertrude Stein Exhibit for Holding Hands [Ironic] (gawker.com)
- The Steins Collect: Back to the Bay Video (blog.sfmoma.org)
- After Anti-Gay Incident, Let’s All Hold Hands At SF Museum (lezgetreal.com)
- Another spectacular Stein opening (qjew.wordpress.com)