Jewish Transgender Man Gives Birth And Embraces Life As A Single ‘Abba’

01/25/2016 - 11:09

When Rafi Daugherty went to the hospital for the birth of his first child, he posted a sign on the delivery room door.

Rafi Daugherty, with his daughter, Ettie. JTA

Jewish Woman Will Be The White House’s First Openly Transgendered Staffer

08/18/2015 - 20:00

A Jewish woman of color will be the first openly transgendered person to serve in the White House.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who is Jewish, is the White House's first openly transgendered staffer. Via

Memorial Held For Teen Killed In Gay Pride Parade Stabbing

08/02/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem for a memorial to Shira Banki, the teen who died from injuries suffered in a knife attack at the city’s gay pride parade.

Some of the hundreds of participants at a Jerusalem vigil remembering Shira Banki. JTA

For Transgender Jews, The Ritual Bath Is Fraught With Questions About Inclusion

07/26/2015 - 20:00

Converting to Judaism about a year ago, a transgender man in Washington, D.C., asked his rabbi a pointed question about the last step in the process, which calls for dunking naked in a ritual bath.

The Mayyim Hayyim mikvah in Newton, Mass. RNS

Kosher Company Celebrates Marriage Equality, Causing Kerfuffle

Challah Connection owner Jane Moritz stands by decision to link cookies and SCOTUS decision despite backlash.

07/05/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

When Challah Connection featured rainbow cookies on the front page of their website to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide, a few consumers lost their appetite, but owner Jane Moritz won’t apologize for supporting equality.

Some found associating kosher rainbow cookies with same-sex marriage offensive. Courtesy of Jane Moritz

The Battle Continues

At CBST and along Fifth Avenue, gay Jews rejoiced, and planned next steps.

06/30/2015 - 20:00

Like many Americans, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum spent part of her morning last Friday glued to her computer watching the live blog from the U.S. Supreme Court.

My Aunts Would Have Loved The Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

06/29/2015 - 20:00

The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

Amy Joslin carried this sign at a rally before the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2014, a year before the historic decision. RNS

LGBT-Jew! Top 5 Jewish LGBTQ+ Pride Events In NYC

Looking to celebrate Pride Month with a Jewish twist? Here's how.

06/14/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

“Yesterday’s struggle is today’s heritage” happens to be the tagline of NYC Pride’s array of events and initiatives recognizing June as Pride Month, but it could just as easily refer to the Jewish people’s resilient history. For Jews who also identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their allies, Pride Month is the perfect time to explore and celebrate both identities. So without further ado, here are 5 events aiming to help people do just that.

Colliding Visions Of Marriage At The Supreme Court

04/28/2015 - 20:00

Washington - As the nine Supreme Court justices took up the vexing question of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage on Tuesday (April 28), the case came down to two competing visions of marriage: what it’s been, what it should be, and who gets to decide.

Orthodox Rabbis Join The Conversation On LGBTQ Inclusion

04/26/2015 - 20:00

A group of modern Orthodox rabbis have done what advocates for Orthodox gays and lesbians say would have been unthinkable as recently as five years ago: They spoke at a conference on the treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people in Orthodox communities.

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