ONLINEPreparing For Our Existence: Proactive LGBTQ Inclusion

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Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi
Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi (Courtesy photo)

Temple Isaiah celebrates Pride Month, held in June in honor of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, with a breakfast talk on LGBTQ+ inclusion by Rabbi Dr. Nikki DeBlosi, a Harvard-educated expert in queer theory and Jewish text.

Reform Judaism has made major strides in LGBTQ+ inclusion in the past few decades, but our work isn’t over yet. How can we proactively ensure not only diversity and equity in our Jewish communities, but inclusion and belonging as well? Listen and learn in a non-judgmental space about the Jewish values and the ethical imperative to move beyond tolerance and embrace belonging when it comes to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, nonbinary and other queer people in our lives, homes and synagogues.

Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, Ph.D., is a freelance Reform rabbi and member of the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She holds a BA summa cum laude in women’s studies from Harvard University, an MA and a Ph.D. in performance studies and queer theory from New York University, and an MA in Hebrew language and letters and rabbinic semikha (ordination) from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She brings deep and broad knowledge of LGBTQ+ theory and activism as well as personal experience to this topic. Rabbi Nikki most recently served as assistant director for Jewish education and engagement at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she rebuilt the Reform and LGBTQ+ communities.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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