Family Category

Sarah Lyhall of the New York Times reports that Britain’s Supreme Court ruled against a Jewish high school in London that had rejected an applicant because his mother wasn’t Jewish enough – and so, by extension, neither was he. Yep, she had chosen Judaism years ago and gone through a conversion process, but By all […]

The following drash/sermon was given during Yom Kippur at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. I love being Jewish. I always have. From the moment I knew I was Jewish, I found a home in the prayers, larger-than-me concepts, values and sense of community that were infused in everything we did. I was aware, however, that I was […]

One Big Happy Family Indeed

In: Arts and Culture, Books, Family

Big love to Rebecca Walker on her latest book, One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love. The Leonard Lopate Show brings us a taste of what’s between the covers in an interview with Rebecca Walker, asha bandale and Liza […]

I knew there would be nowhere else I would be today at 4pm than in front of my TV to watch Oprah. Why is today different from all other days? (sorry Oprah, I don’t usually watch ya!) Today, Oprah did a show on Thomas Beatie, a mixed race transgender man living in Oregon, who is […]

Last week, I spent two days in Bethlehem with a group called Encounter. They bring groups of rabbinical and cantorial students, as well as Jewish educators, to various places in Palestine to meet with local leaders, stay with families, and learn about the effects of Israeli policies on Palestinian communities. It was a remarkable trip; […]

Somehow it happened twice. My grandmother and I were traveling solo, decided to visit a museum, and were confronted with a Cindy Sherman exhibit. Let me say first (are you listening, Cindy?) that I love Cindy Sherman. The first time I saw her untitled film stills, in high school, I spent months afterward trying to […]

Shameless self-promotion–check out my first piece as the top story in The Advocate (and no I did not pick the photo lol): While James Dobson’s Focus on the Family continues to cherry-pick and distort research on LGBT families, Soulforce and Truth Wins Out are raising the stakes to expose what they call a harmful and […]