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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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Free
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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 new, definitive anthology for queer Jewish history. Through an unprecedented collection of texts, it bears witness to the many ways in which queer and Jewish identities intersect, resurrecting a legacy that many have assumed cannot…

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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 over fifteen languages — which include poetry, literature, law, midrash, and memoir — Sienna has created the very first anthology of queer Jewish history, released in February 2019. Drawing on this publication, Sienna spins a…

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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 medieval rabbinic authorities to the lives of Jewish lesbians recorded in the 19th and 20th centuries, this session offers a window into the complexities of queer Jewish life in history and today. No previous Hebrew…

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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 first time. Join us for a reading of selected stories from this groundbreaking collection, and an opportunity for discussion and book-signings with the author. A limited number of books will be available for purchase.

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Behind the Book: Visiting Author Series with Noam Sienna (Providence, RI)

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Ave
Providence, RI 02906
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Free
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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 new, definitive anthology for queer Jewish history. Through an unprecedented collection of texts, it bears witness to the many ways in which queer and Jewish identities intersect, resurrecting a legacy that many have assumed cannot…

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March 2020

Holy Permutations: Queer and Trans Readings of Sacred Texts (United Theological Seminary, St. Paul)

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
United Theological Seminary, 767 Eustis St.
St. Paul, MN
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Noam Sienna (A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Sources from the First Century to 1969) and Austen Hartke (Transforming: The Bible and Lives of Transgendered Christians) will engage in a conversation regarding queer and trans interpretations of sacred texts, facilitated by United student Max Brumberg-Kraus. The evening will conclude with attendees working through sample texts in small groups.

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Pincus Lecture: Reflections on Writing Queer Jewish History (Dickinson College)

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA + Google Map
Free
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Join the Asbell Center for their annual Pincus Lecture with Noam Sienna, author of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969. His book spans almost two millennia and contains translations from more than a dozen languages and collects more than a hundred sources on the intersection of Jewish and Queer identities. In his words, "For many queer Jews, Jewish tradition seems like a rich tapestry which at best ignores them and at worst rejects…

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Lunch and Learn: A Millennium of Queer Jewish Poetry (Dickinson College)

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA + Google Map
Free
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Guest speaker Noam Sienna, Jewish educator, artist and doctoral candidate in Jewish History and Museum Studies at the University of Minnesota. This session uses havruta-style study, a traditional Jewish mode of learning, to explore a tradition of homoerotic Jewish poetry stretching from the Middle Ages until the present. Using poems written in Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Persian, Dutch, Russian and English, participants in this session will encounter a diversity of voices that articulate the joys and challenges of love in song…

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Brunch and Learn: A Rainbow Thread (Detroit, MI)

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free
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Join Congregation T'chiyah for a nourishing Shabbat service with a brunch and learning opportunity with visiting scholar Noam Sienna.

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Limmud Michigan

March 22
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI + Google Map
$18

Two sessions: 2:10pm - 3:05pm My Beloved Who is Different: A Millennium of Queer Jewish Poetry This session uses havruta-style study, a traditional Jewish mode of paired learning, to explore a tradition of homoerotic Jewish poetry stretching from the Middle Ages until the present. Using poems written in Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Persian, Dutch, Russian, and English, participants in this session will encounter a diversity of voices that articulate the joys and challenges of love in song and word. 4:20pm -…

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