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Idit Klein

Blog Entries by Idit Klein

Gilda Radner and Hanukkah Lights: A Coming Out Story

(5) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 11:38 AM

When Jewish comedian Gilda Radner lit a menorah on Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, it was the very first time that lighting Hanukkah candles had been broadcast on national television. The skit was a hilarious riff on the ubiquity of Christmas, but what millions of viewers remember most is...

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Transgender Jews: Breaking Down One Wall, Praying At Another

(55) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:45 AM

Last week, on a foggy night in northern Israel, I heard the news I was waiting to hear for six years -- Massachusetts, my home state, had finally passed a Transgender Equal Rights Bill. This new law offers vital protections to transgender people in employment, housing and credit, and explicitly...

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