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Jewish Interest Book Club with Rabbi Panken

Past Sessions
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 10 Iyar 5782 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - TBD
Thursday, March 24, 2022 21 Adar II 5782 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - TBD
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10 Sh'vat 5782 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - TBD
Thursday, November 18, 2021 14 Kislev 5782 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - on Zoom


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7:00-8:00 p.m.   ZOOM
Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey
By Jo Ivester
My son Jere­my is transgender. Thir­ty years ago, we welcomed him into the world as what we thought was our daughter. As a child, however, he preferred the toys and games our society views as masculine. He kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothing. We called him a tomboy. That’s what he called himself.
In his twen­ties, Jere­my had surgery to remove his breasts and began taking hormones to lower his voice and give him a beard. My book, Once a Girl, Always a Boy, is the sto­ry of Jeremy’s difficult yet joyful journey. It is told from multiple perspectives. Those of the siblings who struggled to understand the brother they saw as a sister, and of the parents who joined him in the battle against discrimination, beginning the day his father announced to seven hundred attendees at an ADL dinner that he has a transgender son, that he is proud of him, and that he loves him. This is a story of acceptance in a world not quite ready to accept.
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