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September 2019

Exploring A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts (Yale)

September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Slifka Center, 80 Wall St
New Haven, CT
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Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist, and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. His academic work has focused on the history and culture of Jewish communities in the Islamic world, from the Middle Ages to the present.…

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October 2019

A Rainbow Thread – Book Launch (Toronto)

October 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillel UofT, 36 Harbord St.
Toronto, ON Canada
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The Toronto debut of Noam Sienna's unprecedented collection of sources from Jewish LGBTQ history. Featuring poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir, this is an unprecedented examination of the histories of gender and sexuality over two millennia of Jewish life around the world. Come discover centuries…

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November 2019

Spinning a Rainbow Thread: Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History (Franklin and Marshall)

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Franklin and Marshall, 645 College Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
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What is the place of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews in history? Over the past two years, Noam Sienna has worked to uncover documents that until now have been scattered across the globe, and largely unrecognized. Pulling together these varied sources, written in…

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Writing LGBTQ Jewish History: A Rainbow Thread Book Talk (WJC)

November 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - November 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Westchester Jewish Center, 175 Rockland Ave
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
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Stay for a dessert reception and presentation by author, Noam Sienna, who will discuss his new book, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969. Noam will teach the Shabbat Morning Class on 11/23 at 8:45am and deliver that…

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December 2019

Evening of Jewish Queer Learning (San Diego)

December 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
La Querencia, San Diego
Free

"Like a house concert, but for LGBTQ Jewish history." Come to La Querencia for a potluck and learning with Jewish Queer scholar Noam Sienna (author of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969. Potluck: 6:30 pm Learning:…

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January 2020

Writing LGBTQ Jewish History: Scholar-in-Residence Weekend (Temple Sholom)

January 10 @ 8:00 am - January 12 @ 5:00 pm
Temple Sholom, 300 E Putnam Ave
Greenwich, CT 06830
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February 2020

Spinning A Rainbow Thread (Temple Emanu-El, Honolulu)

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El, 2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Join us as Noam Sienna reads selected stories from his groundbreaking collection of queer Jewish texts. There will be a Q-and-A after the reading, followed by a book signing. Spanning two millennia, five continents, and containing translations from fifteen languages, “A Rainbow Thread” is a…

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Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

February 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Sakamaki Hall A201, 2530 Dole St
Honolulu, HI 96822
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What is the place of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews in history? Over the past two years, Noam Sienna has worked to uncover documents that until now have been scattered across the globe, and largely unrecognized. Pulling together these varied sources, written in…

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Hearing Her Voice: LGBTQ Jewish Women Speak From the Past (O‘ahu Jewish Ohana)

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
O‘ahu Jewish Ohana, 920 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96822
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This session uses havruta-style study, a traditional Jewish mode of paired learning, to explore how Jewish women who love women have been represented, and how they have represented themselves, in texts from antiquity to the 20th century. Contrasting how lesbianism was understood by Talmudic and…

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A Rainbow Thread Book Reading (Jewish Community of Maui)

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Loft 145, 81 N Church St
Wailuku, HI
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Spanning two millennia and containing translations from over fifteen languages, Noam Sienna’s new book, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969, collects more than a hundred sources on the intersection of Jewish and queer identities for the…

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