S.J. Crasnow will speak on the religious lives of queer and trans Jews, and especially their innovations to Judaism. Crasnow is a scholar of gender, sexuality, and Judaism in the contemporary U.S. and has previously published an article on transgender Jewish ritual titled, “On Transition: Trans Innovation and Normative Judaism” in the Journal of Contemporary Religion. Their current research theorizes broader social implications of trans-affirming Jewish spaces and logics; the concept of "passing" as gentile or as straight/cisgender and its limitations; and the links between racism, anti-semitism, and white supremacy. A current resident scholar at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, they are assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University.