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The Center for Jewish Learning presents Community Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Joy Ladin for a trio of events to discuss her poetry, her most recent book “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective,” and to facilitate a learning session entitled “Reading Torah Through the Lens of Transgender Experience.”

In 2007, Joy Ladin became the first openly transgender employee of Yeshiva University. Ladin teaches at the Stern College of Yeshiva University, where she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English.

Ladin has published numerous poetry collections, including “The Future Is Trying to Tell Us Something.” Ladin is also the author of a memoir, National Jewish Book Award finalist “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.”

Ladin’s presentations will be:

  • A Reading: Poetry on Tuesday, June 18, at 8 pm at MaTovu, 4200 Blaine Ave., St. Louis. Light dessert reception to follow, registration preferred.
  • A Book Talk: “The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspectiveon Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm at The J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., 63146. Dr. Ladin’s book will be available for purchase, and she will be signing books after the program.
  • A Lunch and Learn: “Reading Torah Through the Lens of Transgender Experience” on Thursday, June 20, at 11:30 am at Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., 63141. Cost: $10. A light kosher lunch will be served. Registration required.

Sponsored by The Center for Jewish Learning, along with community partners: St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, MaTovu, Kol Rinah, JCRC, St. Louis Rabbinical & Cantorial Association, and the Gateway Business Guild.

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For additional information contact Kathy Schmeltz at or 314-442-3761.