Telling Your Tale: Cultivating Radical Awareness and Self-Acceptance (Shavuot)
Part of the JCC East Bay 32 Annual Tikkun: Community Day of Learning
with Jhos Singer
Sunday, May 31, 5pm
Free – RSVP to get the Zoom link
Our stories are powerful, frightening, inspiring, and funny. Learning to reveal our stories even as we evolve, change, and mature is an act of both radical self-acceptance and generosity. The “telling” happens in myriad ways: with word and action, through choice and chance, alone and in community. Everything we ever were, combined with opportunity and courage, unfolds into who we are and tills the soil for who we are yet to become. In this workshop we will examine how we hold and tell our stories at this point in our existence and explore how we might expand our tale into the unknown and ever-blossoming future.
Jhos Singer is a post-modern rogue scholar, gender outlaw and sideways Maggid (Jewish preacher.) His grew up in the 1960s in Venice, CA; came out as queer in the 1970s; spent the 1980s as a freelance musician and performer; decided to become a rabbi in the 1990s; transitioned gender in the early 2000s; received his MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; and now serves the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco and, in partnership with his wife, Julie Batz, is the congregational leader of Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley. His work can be found in the anthologies Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community and Torah Queeries and an ELItalk