Rabbi David Dunn Bauer from Temple Beth Sholom in San Jose, CA joins Congregation Dorshei Tzedek for morning Shabbat services to speak about sexuality and queer theology in this week’s Torah portion.
Rabbi David Dunn Bauer serves on the Board of Directors for Nehirim and is the Director of Social Justice Programming for Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST) in NYC. David brings to his work over 20 years of professional theater experience, nine years in the congregational rabbinate, and 20 years of yoga practice, as well as academic study on sexuality and spirituality and many years of work as a touch healer and sacred intimate. David earned his B.A. in Theatre Studies and English Literature at Yale University, studied Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and received his rabbinical ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In 2011, he became the first Jew to earn the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, writing on “Blessings for the Erotic Body” and “Jewish Queer Sexual Ethics.” Along with Michael Cohen, he created Body Electric’s first ever Jewish retreat (“Celebrating the Body Judaic”) in 2006. David interned at CBST in 2000-2001 and from 2003 to 2010 he served as the rabbi of the Jewish Community of Amherst, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Based until recently in San Francisco, he maintains a private practice in Queer Spiritual Counseling. Sought after as a scholar-in-residence, has taught about Queer Theology around the United States and Canada. Last but not least, David was just named one of the “10 Sexiest Rabbis of 2013″ by Jewrotica.com. He will give a d’var titled More Things in Heaven and Earth — Shaping a Queer Theology From Stone Tablets and a Golden Calf.
This event is co-sponsored by Keshet. We’d love to see you there!
Event Location: Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
60 Highland St., Newton, 02465