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Sunday, December 8 • 3:35pm - 4:40pm
Here, Queer and Machmir: Orthodox Life in the LGBT Community

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Sponsored by Mosaic of Westchester - Enriching our Jewish Community through LGBTQ Inclusion.

How can the Orthodox community be more inclusive of the LGBT members of the community? How can Orthodox feminists and Orthodox LGBTs work together as allies? How can parents of LGBT children and others create a more inclusive, open and welcoming environment for LGBT individuals and their families? This session will explore the ways in which the feminist and LGBT communities can learn from each other and work together to create a more inclusive Orthodox community. 


Moderators

Diane Werner

Diane Werner is the Founding Chair of Mosaic of Westchester, a new initiative working for the full integration of LGBTQ Jews into Westchester Jewish life. Mosaic's work is guided by the conviction that becoming truly LGBTQ inclusive enriches our entire Jewish community by making us more diverse and more connected. Ms. Werner is also a past President of Westchester Hebrew High School and serves on the Board of the Westchester Jewish Council.

Speakers

Rabbi Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL, a think tank, leadership training institute and resource center and is the Director of the CLAL Diversity Project. He is the author of the book, Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, (University of Wisconsin Press) which was awarded with the 2005 Koret Jewish Book Award for Philosophy and Thought. Steve is a founder and co-director of Eshel, an Orthodox LGBT community support and education organization and...
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Viva Hammer

Viva Hammer moved to New York two days after finishing law school in Sydney. She founded the first women’s tefila group in Australia and in New York participated in as many of these groups as she could. She advocated for individual agunot, and founded the Wedding Resource Center to promote the use of pre-nuptial agreements as global solution to the problem. Professionally, Viva has worked in tax law for over twenty years, as a partner in major DC law firm as well as for the U.S. Treasury...
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Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov is an Executive Director of Eshel, an organization which fosters LGBT inclusion in the Orthodox world by creating community for Orthodox LGBT people, and by galvanizing Orthodox LGBT people and their families across the nation to advocate on behalf of LGBT community members, relatives and friends. Miryam is also the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, 2010). 

Sunday December 8, 2013 3:35pm - 4:40pm
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25 Attending

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