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Queer Jews describes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions, and demanding that Jewish communities be ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 28th 2002 by Routledge
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Bogi Takács
More on this maybe later (quickly updating with my Passover reading), just remarking that I was unpleasantly surprised that this was a much less intersectional book than the much earlier Twice Blessed, which I'm reading right now.

In no particular order Queer Jews does not seem to include, or at least emphasize the lived experiences of queer Jews who are also

* Disabled people
* Migrants (one author might be Israeli living in the US? But no discussion of Jewish migration in particular)
* Jews of col
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Melissa
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly a fantastic look at the lives and struggles of queer Jews who are trying to maintain ties both to the Jewish faith and their own sexual identity. With humor, sadness, and every emotion in between, the authors' collected anecdotes tell a beautiful story.

Between those who leave the faith, those to rediscover their faith, and those who refused to give up and instead are fighting for their equal seat at the table, this book shows the different facets of life as a queer Jewish pe
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Hanna
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
reskimmed, 5 or 6 years after reading the first time. This time around, It felt more cliche, disengaged from the types of Judaism that I and my community call home.

Steve Greenberg's essay about refusing to choose between communities, yet never being quite situated in a single one, is the one that will stick with me.
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Aryeh
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is really dated yet sadly still relevant. The writings on Institutions I found a bit dry, but Culture and Identity sections more than made up for it. This should be required reading for all looking to raise your Queer or Jew IQ. In both cases, our common history informs our present.
Rachel
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I got this book when I was looking for different (intersectional, I suppose is the current day terminology) perspectives on what it is to be Jewish. I know that I loved the essays, but alas I don't remember them in much detail now. Probably worth a reread. ...more
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