An Article on Judaism, Art and Identity

September 7, 2008 at 10:59 am 2 comments

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article about a young Jewish Artist named Naomi Zaslow. She grew up Orthodox, and kept her Gay identity secret for a long time before finally coming out, to her friends and family, and recently, through her art, constructing an identity for herself. In the article, she asks:  “Which is more important: being queer, a woman or Jewish? None can be. There are so many facets of identity that come into play. It’s a sum of all those parts.” Zaslow, who has chosen to identify as “Post-denominational” and Queer, has remained involved in her Orthodox Jewish community.  

It sounds like she has faced many challenges, and still manages to be hopeful and courageous.  As she says: “It feels trite, but you’re not alone. Because people do feel alone. It’s scary. If you reach out, bad things can happen, do happen, But sometimes you do need to take the risk. There are places where you can find support. Things do get better.”

Posted by queeryeshivameidel.


Entry filed under: Coming out, frum, frum queer, Identity, Judaism and Homosexuality, Living in the Orthodox World, News & Politics, Orthodox, orthodox judaism, Personal Stories, Uncategorized.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alex  |  October 3, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for the information. Added you to bookmark))
    Your new reader.

  • 2. nzaslow  |  December 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    To see the artwork, check out


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We are a community of frum queer women who gather to celebrate and study our yiddishkeit. We are committed to the value of shleimut (wholeness) and to supporting one another in observing a meaningful, integrated, honest and joyful Jewish life.


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