Shabbat Round-Up: Resources for Queer Jews, Nefesh Kin Creating, and Nefesh Saturday Service
Shabbat Shalom, Nefesh community! We’d love for you to join us for Service Saturday, April 10 at 9:30am PT.
For Queer Jews 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️
- Trans Halakha Project:
- Over the past decade the Jewish community has been blessed with the increased visibility of trans, intersex, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks in our communities. The unique lives, bodies, and experiences of this growing subset of our community demands a new halakha (pathways and practices of Jewish expression). The Trans Halakha Project, housed at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, aims to curate existing resources that have been developed for trans Jews and by trans Jews, identify new areas of halakha that have yet to be developed, and finally to create opportunities for developing new halakhic literature and practice guides that speak directly to these areas of need.
- BLOG — HOT OFF THE SHTENDER: THE TRANS HALAKHA PROJECT: MOVING US TOWARD THE NEXT UNRECOGNIZABLE FUTURE
- Are you a trans Jew?! Take our survey!
- Queer Talmud and Shabbetai Zevi with Judaism Unbound: This queer-led podcast takes a gander at Talmud, queer Jewish life, some forbidden topics, and this week: The Zohar. https://www.judaismunbound.com/podcast
- Keshet LGBTQ Jews: April 14 + 21 Program for Questioning Jews
Community Care ⛑🤲🏽
- Sunday, April 11 is Good Deeds Day: In the Federation spirit of caring for our community, join Nuroots and the Jewish Federatino of LA as they participate in this year’s Good Deeds Day on Sunday, April 11th — an annual global day of service that all started in Israel with the simple idea that even the smallest of positive actions empowers each of us to change the world for the better. The group will gather on Zoom with Repair the World and Federation partner organizations to learn about the at-risk populations they serve and create various kits to help our homeless neighbors with necessities, welcome home those transitioning to housing, and provide comfort through cards of encouragement for those suffering from isolation.
- New Resources: See our COVID Care page for this and more.
- WellFed from NuRoots is back: The COVID-19 crisis continues to tighten budgets and has forced many — Jewish young adults in particular — to live without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. Many of our community members are facing challenges caused by the pandemic, and hunger and food insecurity are among them. In response, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is making more $250 gift cards immediately available to redeem at grocery stores through our program, WellFed. If you’re a Jewish young adult between the ages of 18 and 40, live in the Greater L.A. area, and are experiencing any kind of food insecurity, this resource is for you.
- Nefesh: Covid Care resources – Give and Get Help
- Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the State of California and the federal government, has created the 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to assist residential renters who have been unable to pay their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Both landlords and low-income renters living in the City of Los Angeles may apply, regardless of immigration status. Applications will be available in multiple languages at hcidla.lacity.org through April. There will also be phone support available in multiple languages, and TTY for persons with hearing or speech impairments. The phone number is (833) 373 -0587. Please go to hcidla.lacity.org for more information.https://hcidla.lacity.org/
Nefesh Community In the World 👨🏼🎤📘
- New music from Ari Herstand, Nefesh band member!
- New book from Nefesh Kin, Beth Pickens! Joey Soloway writes: “Make Your Art No Matter What! Doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re a ye olde veteran such as myself. We all find reasons to believe that we should stop making art. This book is such an exciting call to action for marginalized folks for whom growing up in patriarchy and white supremacy made them question whether or not they deserve to be making art.”
- New show from Nefesh Kin, Jonah Blechman! (below)
Shabbat Shalom, friends; we leave you with this advice from Beth Pickens: