"Transparent": A New Take on Gender & Jewish Identity
Sun, September 11, 2016 5:00 pm
A program that delves into themes of Jewish and gender identity through the lens of “Transparent,” Amazon’s award-winning web series, on the eve of its Season 3 release.
Calling all “Transparent” fans: Season 3 will be released to Amazon Prime members beginning September 23! Join us as we explore the impact that the show has made on how LGBTQ+ and Jewish characters are presented in popular culture. “Transparent” writer and producer Micah Fitzerman-Blue takes us behind-the-scenes into the writer’s room of this groundbreaking series, to discuss the show’s multi-faceted portrayal of Jewish identity and family dynamics. Immediately following the presentation, Jhos Singer examines gender fluidity and its impact on his work as a Jewish transgender leader, teacher, and activist. A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow. Audience members are invited to submit their questions in advance, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In partnership with Keshet. In association with Spectrum LGBT Center, Horizons Foundation, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, Moishe House, and Lyric Center for LGBTQ Youth.
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For two seasons, this Emmy-award-winning television show created by Amazon Studios has captivated audiences with its nuanced portrayal of the Pfeffermans, a contemporary Jewish family living in Los Angeles. The series begins as the Pfefferman patriarch, played by Jeffrey Tambor, comes out as a woman and begins the transition to become her truly authentic self, Maura. Set against the backdrop of the rest of the family’s daily squabbles and deep-seated heartaches (and infused with Jewish cultural and religious references throughout), the downbeat comedy follows Tambor’s character as she embarks on this transformative journey. Ultimately, Maura’s coming out forces the Pfeffermans to confront the inevitable emotional fallout of her decision and sets each character on his or her own individual arc.
Written as characters, the Pfeffermans reflect the prismatic dichotomy of human strengths and weaknesses: no character is 100% likeable, yet all are relatable and oddly endearing. The series’ multilayered storylines illustrate the perplexing layers of emotional baggage that protect, insulate and often isolate us, as communities and as individuals.
About Micah Fitzerman-Blue
Micah Fitzerman-Blue is a writer and supervising producer on the Amazon series Transparent. His first feature, The Motel Life, starring Dakota Fanning, won best screenplay and the audience award at its premiere at the Rome Film Festival. He graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in history and literature. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Transparent is a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series that explores family, identity, sex, and religion. When Maura reintroduces herself to her Jewish LA family, everyone else’s secrets finally start to come out.
About Jhos Singer
Maggid Jhos Singer has been a Jewish educator and community leader since 2000. He currently serves as the Congregational Leader of Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley and is the Maggid of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. His title, Maggid, describes a learned Jew who is a spiritual resource rather than a religious legal authority. Jhos holds a degree in music from UCLA and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. An outspoken transman, Jhos is interested in the intersection between polity and spirituality. He finds great wisdom in the flexidoxic truth-seeking found in the Rabbinic and Judaic wisdom paths as well as the unfolding project of Jewish culture. His writing can be found in the anthologies Balancing on The Mechitza and Torah Queeries, as well as the online magazine Killing The Buddha. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Julie Batz.
Praise for Transparent
“Gender is a construct, sexuality is a fluid spectrum, Judaism is a vast sea, and Transparent is a real joy.” -Vulture
“…more bracing, more challenging, and more compelling than most any other show on TV.” –The Atlantic
“’Transparent’ is the most Jewish TV show in a while—and it’s great.” –Tablet
““Transparent,”…shows a family — not a religious Jewish family, but one that is in many respects typically American — connecting with Jewishness in fits and starts, treating Judaism in an intimate and lovingly familiar way. –The Forward