Monday, March 5, 2012

Back to School

My 14 year old has Sunday School once a week (guess what day), from 6 to 8 pm.  The class is broken into three parts: a core subject (this semester, it's comparative religions), a pizza break, and an elective (this semester, he's taking "diversity").  The instructor sent an e-mail describing the final session topic in one line:

Trans 101.

Interesting.  I thought, I may want to drop him a note asking for details.  I guess other parents did because I received a follow-up e-mail:

Subject: Trans 101 explanation
Hi All,

I hope this e-mail finds you well. Next week's topic will be on Transgender topics and Judaism.

The topics of the presentation will be:
- The Gingerbread person diagram discussing gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation
- The Trans umbrella
- Terminology
- Gender pronouns
- Video clips of the Schmekels and Joy Ladin (Transgender Jews)
- Transgender policies and programs in the Jewish faith
- Transgender etiquette
- Transgender Jews
- Transgender Rabbis
- Resources

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this presentation.

Well, yeah.  I have a question.  I wrote "Can I sit in on the class?"

I'm waiting for an answer.


  1. Wow! I congratulate your rabbi and your congregation for even broaching the topic and in what seems like a very open-minded manner!

  2. Although it might be a bit of a shock to your 14 year old, you could go as Meg!

  3. Meg - This hits very close to home

  4. Diane ~ if you have a story, I'd love to hear it!


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