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Queer Jews
Shneer, David, 1972-
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2002.
Physical Description:
xi, 292 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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Queer Jewsdescribes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions, and demanding that Jewish communities become more inclusive.

Author Notes

David Shneer is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Denver and former Director of Education at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco
Caryn Aviv is a sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who currently directs the Program for Collaborative Care at the UCSF Breast Care Center

Table of Contents

David Shneer and Caryn AvivAvi Rose and Christie BalkaJoan NestleLeslea NewmanSteve GreenbergHadar DubowskyJaron KanegsonJill NagleTJ Michels and Ali CannonAnonymousJane Rachel LitmanJonathan KrasnerDavid ShneerInbal Kashtanoscar wolfmanJoanne CohenJyl Lynn FelmanEve SicularSandi Simcha DubowskiRuti KadishMarla BrettschneiderJo Hirschmann and Elizabeth Wilson
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part I Mixed Blessings
Introduction: Heeding Isaiah's Callp. 3
Creating Our Histories: A Look Back at Twice Blessedp. 16
How a "Liberationist" Fem Understands Being a Queer Jew, or How Taking Advice from a Prophet, Even a Jewish One, Is (Un)Transformativep. 23
Part II Identity
The Writing on the Wall: On Being a Jewish Writer, a Lesbian Writer, and a Jewish Lesbian Writerp. 29
A Gay Orthodox Rabbip. 36
Jewish Dyke Baby-Makingp. 44
A Young Man from Chelm: Or A Nontraditionally Gendered Hebrew School Teacher Tells Allp. 55
Queer Naked Seder and Other Newish Jewish Traditionsp. 70
Whose Side Are You On?: Transgender at the Western Wallp. 84
In the Aron Kodesh: Wrestling with the Rabbinic Closetp. 100
Part III Institutions
Kol Sason v'Kol Simcha, Kol Kalah v'Kol Kalah: Same Gender Weddings and Spiritual Renewalp. 111
Without Standing Down: The First Queer Jewish Street Protestp. 119
Out at School: A Queer Jewish Educationp. 135
Breaking Ground: A Traditional Jewish Lesbian Weddingp. 148
Remaking Family: Canadian Jews, Sexuality, and Relationshipsp. 156
Remembering the Stranger: Identity, Community, and Same-sex Marriagep. 172
Part IV Culture
Lost Jewish (Male) Souls: A Midrash on Angels in America and The Producersp. 189
Outing the Archives: From the Celluloid Closet to the Isle of Klezbosp. 199
Trembling on the Road: A Simcha Diaryp. 215
Israeli Gays and Lesbians Encounter Zionismp. 224
All Points Bulletin: Jewish Dykes Adopting Childrenp. 238
"Next Year in Freedom!": Taking Our Seder to the Streetsp. 258
Glossaryp. 271
Contributorsp. 275
Indexp. 283