Transkeit is a community building gathering sponsored by the Center for LGBTQ & Gender Studies in Religion. Transkeit features ritual, cultural programming, workshops, meals together and plenty of opportunities for informal schmoozing. This program is co-hosted by CLGS’ Transgender Roundtable and Jewish Roundtable.

Who is this gathering for? We welcome all transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming Jews and allies. Help continue to build a vibrant and safe Jewish trans community for all of us!

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Transkeit Schedule

  • Saturday November 12
  • Sunday, November 13
  • Monday, November 14

6:15pm                                Havdalah – Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman

6:30pm                               Dinner

8:00pm                              Original Performance Work: “The Rabbi and His New Skirt”  by Reb Irwin Keller

9:00am                              Registration & Breakfast

10-11:15am                        Workshop One

  1. The Keva of Comics – Kadin Henningsen
  2. A Radical Reading of Tanach – Rabbah Rona Matlow
  3. Bodies of Faith – Shaan Surat Knan

11:15am-Noon                Break out Groups

12:15pm                               Lunch

1:30pm                            Plenary, Trans Halachah and Response – Rabbah Emily Aviva Kapor and Rabbi Fern Feldman

3:15pm                                 Break and Nosherei

3:45-5:00                         Workshop Two

  1. Taharah – Noach Dzmura
  2. Speaking Trans – Rabbi Reuben Zellman
  3. Choosing to be Chosen (LGBT Jews by Choice film) – Martin Rawlings-Fein

6:00pm                             Dinner (on your own)

7:30pm                             Inside “Transparent” – Rabbi Susan Goldberg

7:30am – 9:30am             Breakfast

10-11:15am                         Workshop Three

  1. Scenes From a (Multicultural, Interfaith, Trans, Blended family) Marriage – Greyson and Julie Vega
  2. Genderqueer Panel – Keshet, Jason Klein, Rabbi Dev Noily, Ariel Vegosen

11:15am-Noon                  Break out Groups

12:15pm                               Lunch

1:30pm                                 Being an Ally for Trans Jews

3:15pm                                 Break and Nosherei

3:450-5:00                           Workshop Four

  1. Journeys of Faith – Talia Johnson and Duncan McCullough
  2.  Holistic Health & Wellness  – Dr. Abi Weissman and Zami Tinashe Hyemingway

5-5:30pm                             Closing Ritual – Jakob Hero

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This program is co-sponsored by The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union. This program is made possible through the generosity of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

Presenters Include:

– Rabbi Reuben Zellman, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley
– Reb Irwin Keller, Spiritual Leader Congregation Ner Shalom, formerly “Winnie” of the Kinsey Sicks
– Rabbah Rona Matlow, Disabled Veteran and Community Activist
– Noach Dzmura, Author/Editor of BALANCING ON THE MECHITZAH
– Martin Rawlings Fein, Filmmaker, CHOOSING TO BE CHOSEN
– Rabbah Emily Aviva Kapor, Transhalacha Project
– Greyson Vega, Pacific School of Religion
– Kelsey Pacha, Youth Organizer & M.Div Candidate
– Talia Johnson, Kohenet Priestess Institute
– Dr. Abi Weissman, Clinical Psychologist
– Zami Tinashe Hyemingway, Transgender Health Service, SF Dept. of Health
– Rabbi Susan Goldberg, Rabbinic Consultant TRANSPARENT
– Duncan McCullough, Your friendly neighborhood trans Jewish guy
– Ariel Vegosen, Gender Inclusivity Trainer, Founder of Gender Illumination

For more information, please contact Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman at