Torah & Sexuality: If Adam Were Eve

Torah & Sexuality: If Adam Were Eve

November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sixth & I
600 I St NW
DC 20001
Josef Palermo


Torah & Sexuality:

If Adam Were Eve: What does Judaism have to say about being transgender?

Now in its second year, GLOE – The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement at the Edlavitch DCJCC is proud to continue our popular Torah & Sexuality series of Jewish learning classes on the 2nd Tuesday of every month through June 2019, in partnership with Sixth & I. Each class will explore a different topic in Judaism that relates to sexual expression and identity, presented in a contemporary queer context by various rabbis and other Jewish educators.

The next Torah & Sexuality class is titled “If Adam Were Eve”—questioning what Judaism has to say about being transgender. Gender diversity is not new to the Jewish tradition, which has long engaged with gender beyond a binary concept. Led by Rabbi Rachel Ackerman of local LGBTQ-affirming synagogue Temple Shalom, class participants will explore texts and various interpretations of the first adam (the first human being) as a framework for discussing current transgender issues.

Each class is $18; if cost is a barrier to your participation, please email
This class is also fully inclusive of all, regardless of gender expression, sexual identity, or ability. For accommodation requests, contact

About the instructor:
Rabbi Rachel Ackerman – Senior Rabbi, Temple Shalom
Rabbi Ackerman is originally from Westfield, NJ. She attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate, and continued her studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), earning her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of HUC-JIR in 2009, receiving ordination as a rabbi at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR in 2011. Rabbi Ackerman has a special interest and developing expertise in issues relating to diversity, disability accessibility, and inclusion. Additionally, she is very interested in interdenominational Jewish dialogue and Jewish community efforts on issues of local global social justice.

The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE) is the LGBTQ outreach program of the Edlavitch DCJCC.  GLOE has been recontextualizing Judaism for a contemporary queer community since its founding by Stuart S. Kurlander over ten years ago.

Sixth & I is a center for arts, entertainment, and ideas and a synagogue that reimagines how religion and community can enhance people’s everyday lives.