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8:50am: Opening Remarks, Noah Feldman (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law; Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, at Harvard University)

Session 1: Theory and Law

9am: Ann Pellegrini (Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Performance Studies; Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, at New York University): “Leaking: Boundaries and Bodies”

 9:30am: Ronit Irshai (Assistant Professor, Program in Gender Studies, at Bar-Ilan University): “Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Legal Discourse on Sex-Reassignment Surgery as Reflected in Dor Tahapuchot”

Session 2: History and Comparison

 10am: Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert (Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, at Stanford University): “Jewish Bodies between Sex and Gender”

 10:30am: Max Strassfeld (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, at University of Arizona): “Rabbinic Literature and the Freedom of (Cisgender) Religion”

 11am: Sarra Lev (Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College): “The Androgynos as Non-Sexed: Legal Implications”

 11:30am: Shaun Marmon (Associate Professor of Religion, at Princeton University): “Eunuchs in the Medieval Muslim World: Intersections of Slavery, Gender, and Violence”

12pm-1pm: Lunch Reception

1pm: Keynote Address: Moshe Idel (Max Cooper Professor Emeritus in Jewish Thought, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Inner Inter-Sex in Kabbalah”

Session 3: Contemporary Perspectives

1:30pm: Rachael Fried (Assistant Director of Jewish Queer Youth, JQY, New York): “‘Please No Gender in Gan Eden’: Combating Rejection with Camaraderie at the First and Only LGBTQ Drop-In Center for Orthodox Youth”

2pm: Isaac Schechter (Director, Center for Applied Psychology at Bikur Cholim, Monsey): “‘Nowhere to Pray and No One Can Hug Me’: A Complex Case Study on Sexual, Religious and Social Identity in the Orthodox Jewish (Haredi) Community”

2:30pm: Daniel Nevins (Dean, Rabbinical School, at Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Leonard Sharzer (Associate Director for Bioethics, at Jewish Theological Seminary of America): “Transition at JTS: Welcoming Trans Clergy Students, and Addressing Trans Questions of Halakhah in the Conservative Movement”

RSVP: jilawevents@law.harvard.edu


March 30, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Milstein East B


Whalen, Shannon
Research Program:
Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
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