Queer Jewish Religiosity in America: Directions and Trends
Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University
The last few years have witnessed the publication of a number of Jewish queer texts that chose to engage traditional forms of Jewish ritual and literature. These include: Siddur Sha’ar Zahav: The All-Inclusive Siddur, the siddur of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco; B’chol l’vav’kha, the siddur of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York; the Torah commentary Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible; and Andrew Ramer’s Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval and Modern Jewish Stories.
These publications mark an important contribution to American Jewish life and culture, now engaged in a fascinating dialogue with the queer community. The proposed symposium seeks to acknowledge and examine this contribution by engaging the editors and authors of these works, and by facilitating a conversation about queer Judaism, its creative engagement with collective Jewish textual forms, and what happens to both in the process.
BJE Jewish Community Library
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
Hillel at Stanford
Stanford Humanities Center
The Shoshana and Martin Gerstel Conference Fund