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Transgender Jews in Orthodox Communities

This page is an introduction for those seeking information on transgender Jews in Torah observant, traditional, and orthodox communities. What does transgender mean? Transgender describes people whose internal sense of their gender identity differs from the gender they were assigned at birth. For the vast majority of people, their gender identity – their internal sense of being [more]

Coming Out as a Gay Orthodox Talmud Teacher

by Pesia Soloveichik February 28, 2016 “What is it like to be a Soloveichik?” This question about my well-known rabbinic family name has accompanied me for much of my life. My grandfather was Ahron Soloveichik and my great-uncle was Joseph B. Soloveitchik.  The questions about my identity became even more complex when, three years ago, [more]
Barry Youngerman, Z”L, Biography and Eulogy

Barry Youngerman, Z”L, Biography and Eulogy

The Life of Barry Youngerman, Zichrono Livracha (Of Blessed Memory) August 7, 1946 – October 10, 2015 Barry Youngerman was born in the east Bronx in 1946 to Henry Youngerman and Sylvia Lieblein, immigrants who left Austria and Poland.  He and his sister Sharon grew up in a moderately traditional home with a great love [more]