Sex education has been historically delegated to the state for American Jewry, but Judaism has a very rich tradition of teaching about sex, consent, and pleasure that we need today. Merissa Nathan Gerson leads ... us on an exploration of what it means for all Jewish bodies--cisgender and otherwise--to respect, to honor, and to teach one another about consent and to communally atone. Filmed at Repair the World: Detroit.See lessSee more
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Rabbinic Voices on Sexual AssaultLeadership, Community, Theology In this turbulent moment of public attention to sexual assault and harassment, we will probe rabbinic sources that speak to our questions, fears and hopes. When approached with sensitivity and creativity, how can our tradition help us envision the meaning of leadership, the role of community and the importance of theology in confronting these realities?
In this interview, Merissa Nathan Gerson, inherited memory advisor to the TV Series "Transparent", discusses the concept of inherited memory/trauma in conjunction with the exhibition "From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art," on view at The CJM Nov 25, 2016-Apr 2, 2017.
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Writer and Educator
Merissa Nathan Gerson is a trained rape prevention worker and sex educator. Her writing on sexuality and Judaism appears in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Observer, Tablet, Playboy, Elle, and others. She holds an MA in Jewish Studies from The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California with a focus on sex and gender as well as inherited trauma. Merissa has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Academy for Jewish Religion, Hebrew College, Naropa University, Middlebury's Hebrew Language School, The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and with many rabbis across the country including the great Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Her work focuses on the inheritance of trauma and memory and how this impacts tradition. You can find out more about Merissa and her work at KenMeansYes.org, an initiative to raise up consent as a Jewish value.