Tzelem – Boston

Tzelem is a monthly group for Jewish trans, nonbinary and genderqueer teens.

The Tzelem program offers a safe, supportive space to make new friends and explore issues like:

  • Life transitions
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Body Positivity
  • Self-Compassion
  • Mental Health
  • Jewish Identity
  • And much more!

Group Leader Earnest Vener

Earnest Vener (he/they) is a transgender Jewish educator in the Boston Area. He teaches full time at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. Earnest is passionate about Jewish storytelling, talmud study, and mentorship. Earnest received an M.A. in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. Prior to moving East, Earnest ran an outdoor Jewish religious school in the Oakland Redwoods. Earnest is engaged to Emma Price and they enjoy snuggling with their two cats, studying Torah, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, playing board games, and working to build a more equitable world.

Tzelem Boston Meetings

Meetings will take place at Temple Israel Contact

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Stacy Shapiro, LCSW, R.J.E
Northeast Program Specialist, Moving Traditions

Fallon Rubin
Education Program Manager, Middle & High School Programs, Temple Israel of Boston


Temple Israel

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