LJ’s Surat-Shaan named as LGBTQI+ role model

15 February 2016 Liberal Judaism’s Surat-Shaan Knan has been selected as a Stonewall ‘role model’ for LGBT History Month. Celebrated every February, the aim of the month is to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people from the past and present. The theme this year … Read More

Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

Surat-Shaan Knan and Janet Darley

19 November 2015 Surat-Shaan Knan, a UK trans activist and founder of Liberal Judaism’s pioneering project Twilight People, urges rabbis and community leaders to include Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) observance in their Shabbat services. The TDoR is commemorated annually on 20 November, Surat-Shaan appeals to rabbis and service-leaders to light … Read More

How synagogues can make transgender Jews feel welcome

Rabbi Leah Jordan 29 October 2015 The Jewish Chronicle In the past few months, transgender people have moved from the twilight into the spotlight. Thanks to celebrities including Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Kellie Maloney, transgender people and issues have found their way into the mainstream press and have been trending … Read More

Liberal Jews seek God beyond gender

Rabbis Harry Jacobi, Dr Margaret Jacobi and Richard Jacobi 26 October 2015 The Independent We welcome the call by the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek to avoid male language in talking about God (“God is not male”, 26 October) and also your editorial on the same subject. Liberal Judaism has recognised … Read More

Liberal rabbis to speak at pioneering LGBTQI event

26 October 2015 Liberal Judaism’s rabbis will be speaking at a very special Ritual Reconstructed event at JW3 on Tuesday November 24, which seeks to examine Jewish life through an LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex) lens. Ritual Reconstructed is a collaborative, community and academic project working with … Read More

Stonewall select leading Liberal Jewish campaigner for new trans advisory group

22 October 2015 Liberal Judaism’s Rainbow Jews and Twilight People project manager Surat-Shaan Knan has joined Stonewall’s new Trans Advisory Group.The group will support the integration of trans equality across all of Stonewall’s campaigns and programmes. It was put together following an extensive application and recruitment process.Members reflect a diverse range … Read More

Twilight People on the radio

October 19 2015 Liberal Judaism’s pioneering project Twilight People: Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary is set to be featured on the radio. Twilight People founder Surat-Shaan Knan will appear on the Under the Rainbow show on Pure 107.8fm. Under the Rainbow is the weekly radio programme for … Read More

‘An empowering and unforgettable summer’

Surat-Shaan Knan 1 September 2015 Twilight People project manager Surat-Shaan Knan reports back after having spread the word about Liberal Judaism’s pioneering LGBT+ work at two global gatherings: This summer, I was invited to attend two major international events – Gender Odyssey and Eighteen:22. Gender Odyssey is an international conference, … Read More

Ritual Reconstructed website launches

11 May 2015 Liberal Judaism’s new equality and diversity project Ritual Reconstructed has launched an innovative and interactive website: http://ritualreconstructed.com/ Jewish people who identify as LGBTQI, and the wider audience, are invited to sign up to get access to exclusive film and audio footage, as well as other research and … Read More