Queer Culture Category

North Carolina is not known as hotbed of Jewish political activism, or Jewish anything for that matter. It’s no Berkeley, and it’s certainly not Brookline, but things are growing. This year the NC Havurah will be hosting a wonderful Yom Kippur retreat at The Stone House. So if you live in the area (or you’re […]

We, Queer members of the Bay Area Jewish Community and our allies, are deeply saddened by events surrounding the “Jews March for Pride” contingent in this year’s San Francisco Pride Parade. We wanted to march with “Jews March for Pride” because we are proud to be Queer Jews and allies. We felt excited and privileged […]

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

for poetry month (why april, by the way? ‘the cruelest month’? ‘with his shoures soote’? please.), here’s the text of a talk by irena klepfisz – a fantastic poet in yiddish, english, and both at once, as well as an insightful essayist and deeply committed radical – from a 2006 conference at barnard college called “Jewish Women Changing America: Cross-Generational Conversations”. at the bottom is a poem from one of klepfisz’s books. a complete transcript of the “Changing Culture” panel that klepfisz spoke on (and the rest of the conference) is available online here.

Quick drop until I get some folks to write more, but earlier today I was informed by Hagay Hacohen, head of the Adam Student Cell in Bar Ilan University Israel, about the reaction of the Islamic Party in Israel to ASWAT’s upcoming conference in Haifa. A conference of Palestinian lesbians, scheduled to be held in […]

Queer Yiddishkeit Indeed

In: LGBTQ, Music, Queer Culture, Secular, Yiddishkeit

Kudos to The Forward’s Kathleen Peratis for getting this right–the profound infusion and long history of queer culture within Yiddishkeit. While Rokhl talked about the importance of the Klezmatic’s winning a Grammy award on a personal level, what interests me more is how The Forward really penetrated what is often the story left untold–the silencing […]


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