7:30 pm – at the Bureau of Jewish Education Community Library 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco
At 668 pages, Siddur Sha’ar Zahav is an LGBTQ prayerbook of unprecedented breadth. Grounded in Reform theology, it draws on prayers and readings from every major Jewish movement and tradition to form an inclusive liturgy that recognizes and includes people of all genders and sexualities.
Andrew Ramer’s new book, Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, plays and grapples with traditional midrashim, drawing inspiration from the homoerotic love poems of medieval Spain, and envisioning alternate versions of the present.
Rabbi Angel, Michael Tyler, and Andrew Ramer will read selections, discuss the process of creation, and address the challenge of both recasting traditional texts and creating new texts to address the needs of diverse communities today.
Rabbi Camille Shira Angel has been the spiritual leader at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco since 2000. She is the author of Intimate Connections: Integrating Human Love with God’s Love, a curriculum that sensitizes students to the lesbian/gay experience using Jewish values.
Andrew Ramer is the author of Two Flutes Playing: A Spiritual Journeybook for Gay Men, and co-author of Ask Your Angels. He was a contributor and writing coach for Siddur Sha’ar Zahav.
Michael Tyler is the co-editor of Siddur Sha’ar Zahav. As chair of the congregation’s siddur committee, he is now beginning work on the companion volume, Machzor Sha’ar Zahav.
Program made possible, in part, by Richard Krieg
Co-sponsored by Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, Keshet Chavurah of Congregation Beth Sholom, and the LGBT Alliance of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties