Over the recent years, I have had the opportunity to be accepted into one branch of the Jewish religion. I have not converted but my daughter has. I believe the temple she and her family belongs too is part of the Reform Jewish movement. I have always appreciated the complete acceptance I received. From Southern Florida comes another example of transgender acceptance from one branch of the Jewish religion:
Samantha Zerin (above) headed home from a Yiddish class she had taught as part of her synagogue’s adult education program on the evening of Dec. 19 and knew her life was about to change. That evening, the 775 families at Temple Emanu-El would be getting a message that she knew would surprise some of the people she had gotten to know since joining the community 3 1/2 years earlier.
“Over the past several years, Sam has been exploring Sam’s gender identity,” read a message sent to the congregation from Samantha and her wife, Rachel. “This has been a journey for both of us, full of introspection, learning, and growth. Through this journey, we have come to realize that, although Sam was raised as a boy, she is in fact a woman, and she is ready to begin living her life publicly as such.”
There is much more to Samantha’s story you can read here. The article is called “Coming out as transgender when you are married to a rabbi. Becoming a Rebbetzin.
While we are on the subject of being Jewish, my grandson’s Bar Mitzvah turned out to be a virtual affair for Liz and I. She (Liz) wasn’t feeling well and since we are living in a virus hot spot in Ohio, we decided not to go. Fortunately, Liz later felt better.
So we are home being safe and always wear masks when we go out.