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Pride 2021



with guest speaker
Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, Ph.D.

Erev Shabbat Service, Friday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
In-person or

Join Rabbi DeBlosi for a Special Torah Study
Saturday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. Torah Study is Online


Torah Study Topic: Adam, Eve & Everybody Else: Judaism's 6 Sexes
Learn with Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, our guest this Pride Shabbat. Explore the Torah's story of creation as compared with contemporary ideas about gender and identity. Confused about the many and multiplying terms like "transgender" and "nonbinary?" Learn in a non-judgmental, open-minded context about how these seemingly new ideas relate to ancient Jewish ones.

Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD, is a freelance Reform Rabbi with 8 years of experience in the Hillel world. She brings to our community this Pride Shabbat her experiences as an "out" queer rabbi, as the parent of a trans child, and as an academic expert in queer theory. In a nonjudgmental and welcoming way, Rabbi Nikki helps us understand some of the common terms in relation to gender identity and gives us some tools for making LGBTQ+ inclusion part of our daily lives.

Rabbi DeBlosi is a member of the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Her academic background includes a BA in Women's Studies and an MA and PhD with a focus in queer theory. She brings deep and broad knowledge of LGBTQ+ theory and activism as well as personal experience to this topic. Rabbi Nikki most recently served as Assistant Director for Jewish Education and Engagement at NYU's Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she rebuilt the Reform and LGBTQ+ communities. You can learn more about her at


Why is  CBI Pride Shabbat in August instead of June?

Ga'avah (Pride) - CBI's LGBTQ+ Community Group

An interview with Rabbi Nicole Auerbach of Central Synagogue in NYC and Rabbi Nikki’s co-author and hevruta, Bonz Swencionis, on trans and nonbinary inclusion in Jewish community.

Rabbi Nikki’s upcoming 3-part learning series in Judaism and (queer) sexuality, judaism is so gay, Wednesday evenings in August, 7:30-9 pm Eastern, via Zoom.


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