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Queer Jewish Memory: Documenting Ourselves as Jews, Queer Jews, and Allies

Thursday, June 11, 2020 19 Sivan 5780

7:00 PM - 8:00 PMZoom

Rena Yehuda Newman will lead an interactive talk on queer Jewish memory. They will guide us through a conversation, asking what it means for us to document ourselves in historical times and view our own lives as historical subjects. How do we document ourselves as Jews, queer Jews, and allies? How do we see ourselves through the past? What does it mean to imagine queer Jewish futures?  

Rena Yehuda Newman is a Jewish transgender writer and comix artist. They will soon be starting a new job as editor in chief of New Voices Magazine, a historic Jewish student news magazine published in New York City. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a BA in history, Rena Yehuda self-publishes zines and comics celebrating the intersections of queer and Jewish identity. For them, Torah and art go hand in hand. Rena Yehuda is deeply passionate about Jewish communal memory, the power of art and storytelling, and queering the line between the personal and political. Rena Yehuda taught a Jewish Arts elective this year for Midrasha. They currently reside in a cooperative house in Madison and will soon be moving to New York to begin their role as editor in chief of New Voices Magazine.

This pre-Shabbat meditation on memory-making through lenses of history, archives, comics, art, and storytelling is ideal for adults and teens, LGBTQ+ community members and allies. 

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