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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.” […]

We Welcome the 2019-2020 Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort!

by Bernard Schlager

The CLGS Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, now entering its seventh year, is a year-long educational opportunity for transgender, gender non-conforming, and nonbinary seminary students. A shared project of CLGS, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Freedom Center for Social Justice, our new Cohort includes the following people for the 2019- 2020 academic year: Abbey […]

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 […]

Welcoming Our Seventh Annual Trans Seminarian Cohort

by Bernard Schlager

The Trans Seminarian Cohort, a joint project of CLGS, the Freedom Center for Social Justice, and the National LGBTQ Task Force, enters its seventh year this fall!  Every year, five to six seminary students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming are selected to journey together for one academic year.  In this program, […]

Trans Seminarian Cohort Now Accepting Applications

by Bernard Schlager

We Are Now Accepting Applications for the 7th Annual Trans Seminarian Cohort! The Trans Seminarian Cohort is a joint project of CLGS, The Freedom Center for Social Justice, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Cohort is a year-long opportunity to join with transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer seminary students for theological engagement, mentoring, networking, and […]

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 […]