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Gregg Drinkwater

Gregg Drinkwater directs Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, an organization that helps Jewish institutions become more welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews. He is the co-editor of Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible (NYU Press, 2009) and president of Limmud Colorado. Prior to joining Jewish Mosaic, Drinkwater worked in nonprofit communications, at a daily newspaper in Moscow, and as the news editor for San Francisco-based PlanetOut Inc., publishers of Gay.com and PlanetOut.com, the world’s most popular LGBT Web sites.

"Yucky" Texts: Dealing With the Hard Stuff in Our Traditions

Gregg Drinkwater, Yechiel Hoffman

Identity and Responsibility, Text and Thought, Teen Approved

Many educators and lay people alike find many parts of the Bible and other classical Jewish texts challenging, if not downright disturbing. How do we deal with these texts in our classrooms and our daily lives? Do we re-interpret them, skip over them, or get angry at them? This session will suggest some ways of dealing with what we are calling "yucky texts," not because they are inherently yucky, but because they are the texts that cause us trouble and discomfort.

Judaism and Homosexuality: An Orthodox Conversation

Gregg Drinkwater, Yosef Kanefsky

Identity and Responsibility, Text and Thought, Teen Approved

Many assume that Orthodox leaders are uniformly unwelcoming of gays and lesbians, but Orthodox communities are far from monolithic. Join a conversation between an Orthodox rabbi and the director of a gay Jewish organization on the range of Orthodox approaches to gay Jews. What are the opportunities for inclusion and the necessary limits? How does one strike a balance between upholding halacha and empathetically engaging with human diversity?

Twice Blessed: 100 Years of LGBT Jewish History

Global History and Culture, Identity and Responsibility

From 1920s Berlin to 1970s San Francisco and beyond, we’ll explore the rich history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in a multimedia format. We’ll visit the world’s first gay synagogue, a gay Zionist assassinated by the Haganah, transgender pioneers and the lesbian Chief Rabbi of Modernism—with detours for Annie Sprinkle, Harvey Milk, Susan Sontag and dozens of others. Come find out why LGBT Jews have always been at the forefront of social change.

Gender Trouble: Thinking Beyond Binaries

Identity and Responsibility, Teen Approved

Was the first human a male? A female? Neither? Both? Were Abraham and Sarah challenged by more than just infertility? Together, we’ll explore the complexity of gender in the Book of Genesis, taking a "queer" journey through relevant Rabbinic commentary and midrash. Can we use our sacred texts to expand our understanding of sexual and gender diversity? Come study with the co-editor of the new book "Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible" (NYU Press).

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