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Sunday, January 15 • 3:50pm - 4:35pm
"What's Your PGP?" Transitioning in the Orthodox Community

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The Jewish people are a big family with a highly diverse membership. This session will present an opportunity for us to engage in better understanding transgender Jews from three vantage points, the personal, the communal and the halachic. Our hope is that this conversation can lead to a path of greater welcoming and communal inclusion toward these members of our family. 

avatar for Rachael Fried, LMSW, MFA

Rachael Fried, LMSW, MFA

Originally from Fairfield, CT, Rachael Fried is now the Assistant Director of JQY (Jewish Queer Youth), a non-profit organization that supports and empowers LGBTQ youth from Orthodox homes. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design in Transdisciplinary Design. Rachael spends her summers at Camp Nesher, where she has been a Division Head, Program... Read More →

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Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox

Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Maharat
Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat, was the first graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.  Upon graduation he served as the Rabbi of Kehilat Kesher: The Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood for seven years.  In Rabbi Fox’s tenure at Kesher, the community grew three-fold from thirty families to nearly one hundred.  During that time Rabbi Fox also taught at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as the... Read More →
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Rabbi Hyim Shafner

Rabbi, Bais Abraham Congregation
Rabbi Hyim Shafner, LCSW, is the rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri.   Prior to Bais Abraham he was the Rabbi of the Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rabbi of India for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  He has S’micha, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University.   Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding... Read More →
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Yiscah Smith

Yiscah Smith is a spiritual activist who speaks to the spiritual dimension of authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she presents topics in an accessible and vivid style, from both a personal and a text-based perspective. Yiscah lives in Jerusalem and teaches at Pardes and the Conservative Yeshiva on Jewish spirituality. In her private practice she provides spiritual guidance for authentic living. She... Read More →

Sunday January 15, 2017 3:50pm - 4:35pm
Satow Room

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