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The Queer Jewish Arts Festival, is a new series of programs celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories and experiences through film, theater, music, and dance. This festival will highlight local and national queer Jewish artists who are making art with Jewish content and examine intersectional identity and creative expression. The festival will take place June 1-13th.
Featuried session with Rabbi Mónica Gomery `17
Shaping Worlds with Words: Two Emerging Queer Jewish Writers in Conversation
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm
A mystery-novelist-community-organizer and a poet-rabbi walk into a bar… Join Rachel Sharona Lewis and Rabbi Mónica Gomery `17 (right) for a conversation about writing at the intersection of Judaism and queerness. The authors will reflect together on the creative process, their latest projects, and the shared themes that run between their work. What stories feel important to tell, as we write new paths toward the world we dream of? Lewis and Gomery will read from their recent books, and explore this and other questions.
Rabbi Mónica Gomery is a rabbi and poet, living on Lenni Lenape land in Philadelphia. raised by her Venezuelan Jewish family in Boston and Caracas, Her work explores queerness, diaspora, ancestry, theology, and cultivating courageous hearts. She is the author of Here is the Night and the Night on the Road, and the chapbook Of Darkness and Tumbling. Learn more about Mónica on the Hebrew College podcast Speaking Torah episode “Stop Making Sense.”
Rachel Sharona Lewis is an (accidental) mystery novelist based in Watertown, MA. She recently published her first novel, The Rabbi Who Prayed With Fire, inspired by Harry Kemelman’s best-selling Rabbi Small mystery series. By day, she organizes faith communities in the Boston area around local social justice efforts. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction alike, watching women’s basketball and playing the trombone in her community brass band.
JCC of Baltimore, Hebrew College & co-sponsors