Wholly Jewish

We all live - and balance - complex and nuanced identities, that, when braided together, make us wholly ourselves - and "Wholly Jewish." 

Description

What do we all have in common? We all live - and balance - complex and nuanced identities, that, when braided together, make us wholly ourselves... and wholly Jewish. In on these deeply personal, one-on-one interviews, Jews of intersectional identities share their experiences, insights, and how they enrich and create a more vibrant Jewish community. Season one features Jews of Color; season two highlights members of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community.

Latest Episode

Wholly Jewish: Dara: From Parliament to the Bimah

September 18, 2020

Hosted by Jewish performance and ritual artist Shira Kline (she/her), a.k.a. ShirLaLa, this season features interviews with LGBTQIA+ Jews from the Union for Reform Judaism's JewV'Nation Fellowship.

Recent Episodes

Wholly Jewish: J: Breaking Down the Gates of Queer Judaism

September 1, 2020
Being queer and Jewish means something different to everyone, and those differences deserve to be celebrated. This week, J Collins (they/them) talks about being a Jewish storyteller and teacher; their connection, as a Jew-by-choice, to Rabbi Akiva’s teachings;, repairing the world in an oppressive political climate; and the dangers of “gatekeeping” in queer and Jewish spaces.

Wholly Jewish: Laura: Creating Peace Out of Wholeness

August 18, 2020
This week’s guest, Cantor Laura Stein, shares her perspectives on how we can best care for those around us, the (lack of) tension between being Jewish and being a lesbian, and how her spiritual leadership inspires her social work at Mount Sinai Hospital's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery.

Wholly Jewish: Max Antman: The Queerness and Politics of Torah

August 11, 2020
How can we embrace Judaism from not only a queer perspective, but also a “political” one? Max Antman (he/him), a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discusses how being a gay man influences his reading of Torah, how his Reform synagogue empowered his gay identity, and the sacred relationship between activism and studying Jewish text.

Wholly Jewish: Leonard: Creating Seats at the Queer Jewish Table

July 7, 2020
Judaism is in a constant state of reform, and our approach to LGBTQ+ inclusivity should be, too. Leonard Slutsky (he/him), a Union for Reform Judaism lay leader and college admissions counselor, shares his experiences as a gay cisgender Jewish man; how Reform Jewish spaces affirmed his gay identity; how Judaism inspires his work as a suicide hotline volunteer; and how our communities can better serve queer Jews of all backgrounds. “I feel that it’s my role as someone who has a great deal of privilege, especially within the queer community,” he says, “to use it and help support those who don’t have as much as a voice.”

Wholly Jewish: Standing in the Closet Doorway

June 16, 2020
Being queer means something different to everyone who identifies this way. Mo Selkirk (she/her), a queer Jewish mother, spouse, and activist, to name a few, discusses how her grandparents inspired her to embrace Judaism, what it means to be in a queer family, and how presenting as straight has been a blessing and a curse. “My [queer] invisibility is my personal superpower,” she says, “because people will say things to me [when] they don’t know who they’re talking to, and…I have the have the opportunity to educate them.”