Eshel Out Loud

News, Views, and Updates from the Eshel Community

Changing Not Changing by Joy Ladin – Video

Changing Not Changing by Joy Ladin – Video

How Orthodox Jewish Communities Respond When Members Come Out as LGBTQ  For much of the 21st century, Miryam Kabakov and Rabbi Steven Greenberg have been agents of change in Orthodox Jewish communities built on continuity and tradition. Through their own coming out processes, their writings, and their organizing – both are founders of Eshel, an organization [more]

Eshel Newsletter – March 20, 2020

    Wishing you a Shabbat of peace and health The last time I was in a room filled with people... ...I was celebrating Purim in shul.  The wild costumes and silly songs testified to the concept of ונהפוך הוא: the idea that things are turned on their heads. Who knew that only a week [more]

Coronavirus – by Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Rabbi Nathan Cardoza, a long-time rabbinic ally and a friend has shared with some colleagues this very thoughtful article. While we are in the midst of a dangerous and fearful time no one should minimize the real challenges that we are and will be facing. Anxiety is not the answer. And surely one day it [more]
How Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network Was Born

How Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network Was Born

By Ruben Shimonov  As a traditional Mizrahi-Sephardic gay Jewish immigrant, I never thought that it would be within the realm of possibility for me to proudly and confidently hold all of these different parts of my identity at the same time. And then I went on my first Eshel retreat. I had just moved to [more]
Bridging the Divides, Fostering Inclusivity: Panel Discussion with Miryam Kabakov

Bridging the Divides, Fostering Inclusivity: Panel Discussion with Miryam Kabakov

(This speech was given Miryam Kabakov, Executive Director of Eshel, at the panel discussion entitled " Bridging the Divides, Fostering Inclusivity: Rabbinic, Psychoanalytic and Academic Perspectives on Traditional Judaism and Contemporary Gender/Sex Identities," which was held at the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, November 11, 2019.) This Shabbat we read the Parsha where Avraham [more]