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An Article on Judaism, Art and Identity

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.


September 7, 2008 at 10:59 am 2 comments

Article in Haaretz

I just saw this article in Haaretz. It talks about Orthodox lesbians in Israel and focuses mainly on the ways in which they form families. Some of them talk about forming families as being a route towards social acceptance, while others discuss the ways in which they believe forming a family would make it more difficult for them. The sheer number of women (they talk about having a shabbat meal with 20 children of lesbians present) suggests that these children will grow up knowing each other and knowing that there are other families like theirs. I’m glad to know that they are being born into a community of lesbians within the orthodox world.

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July 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm 2 comments

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