This page contains many of the programs I created during my internship at the National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Students (NUJLS)

The Binary of Good and Evil (Kate Bornstein Clip)

This discussion is based around part of a speech Kate Bornstein gave at the 2009 NUJLS Conference in which she discusses one of the first binaries found in the Torah and how it affects us today. It was used at the Center City Philadelphia Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot in 2014.

Discussion of "Coffee and Cake" by Harriet Malinowitz

This is a discussion based around a short story about a Jewish woman coming out to her brother. It is particularly relevant for Coming Out Day.

A Comic Wedding

This is a discussion based around a stand-up routine by Julie Goldman. It was intended for use during National Freedom to Marry Week but fits with any time where gay marriage is a topic of discussion.

Coming Out Day Service

This is a service developed by New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah which I adapted for the college environment by adding an additional prayer. You can see the original service here.

The Creation of Gender: A Text Study

This text study explores the the creation of humans as found in chapter 1 of Genesis in terms of what it means for gender variety. It was used at the Center City Philadelphia Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot in 2013.

Did David Love Jonathan?: A Text Study

This text study explores the nature of the relationship between David and Jonathan in the Bible and ponders the nature of the love between the two.

Holocaust Candle Ceremony

This is a ceremony to preform on Yom HaShoah to remember all those who were persecuted and killed by the Nazis. I got the idea of a candle ceremony from the Coming Out Ceremony created by New Jersey's Lesbian & Gay Havurah (see above).

Discussion of Kissing Jessica Stein

This is a discussion based around a lesbian/bisexual movie with a Jewish character.

Discussion of Such Great Joy

This is a discussion based around a short film about a closeted Jewish woman bringing her fiancée home with her to announce their engagement. It is particularly relevant for Coming Out Day.

The Torah of Drag

This text study looks at various Jewish views of dressing in drag. It was designed to be used around Purim.

Tu B'Shvat Seder

This program puts a queer spin on the Tu B'Shvat seder. It was used by Spectrum Philly in 2014.

A Visit to our Elders

This activity combines the Jewish practice of sending mishloach manot on Purim with visiting the elderly.