Na’avor – Let’s Cross: BCC’s Trans Havurah
WHO: Any transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, or questioning people who are looking for support, friendship, family within the Jewish community.
WHAT: A havurah to meet new people who share identity, experience, religion, and culture. Meetups at coffee shops and around the city. Torah readings through a trans lens.
WHEN & HOW: Feel free to send Bobbi Meilen (they/them/theirs) an email about any events that you would like to see for the trans/gnc/nb community, or any questions you have. Or send a message through Facebook or Instagram @naavorletscross.
Keep an eye out for our 1st meetup!
We Need a Trans Havurah!
In recent times, there has been a significant growth in interest surrounding Jewish life among transgender community members. As more and more trans Jews and others seeking a spiritual home enter our door, it is critical that we provide a space that not only is safe and welcoming; we seek to connect transgender community members to one another in a celebratory, joyful and trans-centered way.
With this in mind, BCC endeavors to create a “Trans Chavurah,” a community of trans members much akin to our historical men’s and women’s groups, where trans members can congregate and celebrate Judaism together at times.
Meanwhile, BCC has perhaps more than any other congregation ensured that trans Jews are not only welcome, they are also leaders. Check out our past transgender-centered offerings here.
One Comment on “Na’avor – Let’s Cross: BCC’s Trans Havurah”
Rabbi Dr. Levi Alter July 17, 2019 am31 1:37 am .
Having a trans Havurah in addition to the Men’s and Women’s is a great idea. Besides providing a program for Transgender Day of Visibility and Transgender Day of Remembrance, it would be great for the group to also march or take part in Trans Pride and any other such events. I’d like to suggest that the group consider working with other communities or organizations on some of these events for joint programs since the trans community is still small, such as having trans Muslims, trans Christians and others march or participate in trans events together holding various signs and banners or wearing printed tee shirts with the trans flag plus religions symbols; it could make a powerful statement of coming together in community. There is a lot of trauma around the role toxic religion has played in so many of our trans lives, it could be very healing.