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Marry Me However

Monday, June 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm


A documentary film exploring the lives of Orthodox-Jewish LGBT people who willingly choose to marry heterosexuals and raise a heteronormative family, to comply with Torah laws and be accepted into their families and religious communities. Obeying the rules of their societies while denying their own identities, some shared their secret with their partners, some kept it hidden, and some lied even to themselves. After their divorces, they confront the conflicts they repressed: their faith and religious laws; children, family and community; exposure to society and search for a partner. The characters experience a journey of self-acceptance and social activism, as they try to affect a change in their religious environments. The film also follows the women who married and divorced homosexual partners, as well as rabbis and psychologists who seek a solution to an unsolvable conflict.

Israel | 2020 | Dir: Mordechai Vardi | 63 min | Hebrew with English Subtitles

DISCUSSION: Wednesday, June 22 | 7:00pm — Join us for a virtual conversation with Rabbi Steve Greenberg, an Orthodox ordained educator, writer, and speaker who has led the call for LGBTQ inclusion in the Orthodox world. He appeared in the groundbreaking film, Trembling Before G-d, in 2001 and accompanied filmmaker, Sandi Simcha DuBowski, all over the world in over 500 post-screening dialogues.  He is the author of the award-winning book, Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, for which he won the Koret Jewish Book Award for Philosophy and Thought in 2005. Rabbi Greenberg is also a founder of the Jerusalem Open House, Jerusalem’s first gay and lesbian community center, and currently a faculty member of the Hartman Institute of North America. He is the Founding Director of Eshel, Orthodox LGBTQ+ community support, education, and advocacy organization, and lives with his partner, Steven Goldstein, and daughter, Amalia, in Boston.

Part of the Second Annual Queer Jewish Arts Festival, a series of programs celebrating multiple facets of our identities including gender, race, religion and class through film and theater. Highlighting local, national, and international artists who are making art with Queer and Jewish content, the festival examines the complexity of how we present ourselves and move throughout life. Sponsored by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. & Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

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