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Joy Ladin Explores the Torah through the Lens of Transgender Experience

The Center for Jewish Learning presents

Community Scholar-in-Residence
Dr. Joy Ladin

There will be 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.”

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In 2007, Ladin became the first openly transgender employee of Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish institution. Ladin has published numerous poetry collections, including The Future Is Trying to Tell Us Something (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017), Fireworks in the Graveyard (Headmistress Press, 2017). Ladin is also the author of a memoir, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). Ladin is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Hadassah Brandeis Research Fellowships, two Forward Fives awards, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship. Ladin teaches at the Stern College of Yeshiva University, where she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English.


Ladin’s presentations will be:

  • A Reading: Poetry by Dr. Joy Ladin on Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30 pm at MaTovu, 4200 Blaine Ave., 63110. 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. Registration preferred.
  • 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., 63146. 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, Q Jews, and the Gateway Business Guild.

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



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