She Is a Created Being of His Own: Toward a Liberation Theology for Men, Women and Everybody Else | Congregation Beth Am

She Is a Created Being of His Own: Toward a Liberation Theology for Men, Women and Everybody Else

Shabbat Salon with Guest Speaker Rabbi Elliot Kukla

Join the Beth Am community for a Shabbat Salon with guest speaker Rabbi Elliot Kukla, who will discuss the six different genders that appear in Jewish sacred texts. In this session we will explore these texts and ask a number of questions: What are the spiritual implications of expanding our understandings of sex and gender in Judaism? What does Judaism have to say about offering spiritual care to those who don’t “fit” well within the traditional understanding of normative bodies and identities? And, finally, what is the modern significance of these texts for transgender and non-binary people in our communities?

Elliot Kukla is a rabbi at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco. For the past ten years, he has provided spiritual care to those who are dying, ill or bereaved, as well as co-directing the center’s award-winning end of life spiritual care volunteer program, Kol Haneshama. He is the first transgender person to be ordained by a mainstream religious movement -- Reform Judaism's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion -- in 2006, and his work on gender diversity has been featured in many different anthologies, prayers books and on National Public Radio, National Geographic with Katie Couric, and in the Washington Post. His essays on spiritual care, illness and healing are published widely, including in The New York Times, The Body Is Not an Apology and The Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Oakland with his partner, their child, and a mélange of animals.

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