Related Blog Posts on LGBTQ+ Jewish Life and Secular Holidays

What Can We Learn from the Pfeffermans?

Wes Hopper
March 7, 2016

Most people have at least heard of Amazon’s groundbreaking television show, Transparent, which along with transgender actress Laverne Cox of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and movies such as Tangerine, are pushing transgender stories from the margins into the mainstream. But to single out Transparent simply for highlighting a topic that’s still taboo in most of the television world is to overlook the other half of the show’s DNA – its significant reliance on Jewish themes and customs to weave its tale. It may seem an arbitrary combination, as the show is based in part on creator Jill Soloway’s own Jewish family and transgendered parent, but advocacy for LGBTQ rights has a long history among progressive Jews.

When My Daughter Laura Became My Son Lawrence

Rabbi Helen T. Cohn
November 19, 2015

Coming home from the temple where I served as rabbi, I spotted a bag from our local pharmacy on the kitchen counter. It was stapled shut, but the attached prescription for my 25-year-old daughter Laura announced its contents: testosterone.

My worst fears

Judaism and the Music of Thanksgiving

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
November 20, 2014

Ah, fall! In many parts of the country, the temperature has dropped, the leaves have turned shades of red, orange and yellow and are falling off the trees. It's time for Thanksgiving in the U.S.

For many Americans, the holiday evokes powerful sensory images

My Daughter Has a Girlfriend

Charna Posin
June 25, 2013

Years ago I learned to say, “My daughter has a girlfriend.” But it wasn’t an easy transition for me – and it certainly wasn’t easy for my daughter, partly because of me.

I was the happiest woman on earth when she was born.

"My Gay Identity and My Jewish Identity Work Together"

Josh Lutch
June 5, 2013

Two weeks before Boston Pride last year, having recently broken up with my girlfriend of several months, I texted my friend Jamie: “I need to see everyone. There’s more to this story.”

Many of my close friends from Framingham High School gathered at Ruby

Rethinking Memorial Day

Rabbi Douglas Kohn
May 25, 2012

Barbecues, sales at big-box retailers, baseball games and glossy advertisements in the Sunday paper with patriotic images. Yep, Monday we will mark Memorial Day – at least in the United States.

It seems incongruous to me: We honor the memories of soldiers