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GJC – Pride Shabbat Service featuring guest speaker Gwynn Kessler

June 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am

On Saturday morning, Rabbi Richman will lead our Shabbat service. The service will follow the usual structure of the Charry service, with additional readings and teachings about LGBTQ liberation. Gwynn Kessler will share a d’var Torah with our community (at approximately 10:45 AM). Together, we will honor, celebrate, and lift up the interconnected fight for LGBTQ liberation and racial justice.

  • Join via smartphone, computer, or tablet: zoom link
  • Join via telephone: Call 646-876-9923, use meeting ID: 227420988
  • To listen on our audio livestream:  click HERE
  • To watch on our video livestream: go to the StreamSpot player on GJC’s homepage

Gwynn Kessler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Swarthmore College. She received her Ph.D in Rabbinics, with a specialization in midrash, from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001. At Swarthmore she teaches classes on: The Queer Bible; Queering God: Feminist, Queer, and Trans Theology; Rape, Slavery, and Genocide in Bible and Culture; The Bible and Politics; and The Talmud.

Her most recent publications include A Companion to Late Ancient Jews and Judaism, which she co-edited with Naomi Koltun-Fromm (2020). In that volume she contributed a chapter on rabbinic constructions of gender entitled “Rabbinic Gender: Beyond Male and Female.” She has also recently contributed a chapter on “Judaism, Feminism and Gender” (2020) and an article on “Teaching Rape, Slavery, and Genocide in Bible and Culture” for the book Rape Culture and Religious Studies (2019). He first monograph, Conceiving Israel: The Fetus in Rabbinic Narratives (2009) examined constructions of gender, ethnicity, and theology in rabbinic literature. She is currently working on her second monograph, The Crooked and the Straight: Queer Theory and Rabbinic Literature. 


June 6, 2020
10:00 am


Germantown Jewish Center