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Sunday, December 8 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Chick Flicks Revisited: DevOUT

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This session will feature the documentary film DevOUT, followed by a Q and A with film subjects Pamala Plastock and Elissa Kaplan. DevOUT follows the lives of six women who are trying to reconcile their alternative sexuality with their commitment to Orthodox Judaism. Find out how Chani, Pam, Elissa, Hayley, Lina, and "Miriam" have dealt with being "unacceptable" while still remaining devoted to their faith and community. 

Moderators
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Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov is an Executive Director of Eshel, an organization which fosters LGBT inclusion in the Orthodox world by creating community for Orthodox LGBT people, and by galvanizing Orthodox LGBT people and their families across the nation to advocate on behalf of LGBT community members, relatives and friends. Miryam is also the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, 2010). 

Speakers
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Dr. Elissa Kaplan

As a child, Elissa Kaplan attended afternoon Hebrew school in a Conservative synagogue. She became more Torah observant during college. Unaware that she was gay, she married an Orthodox man while in her 20s. They had 3 children whom they were raising in a modern Orthodox community when she came out to herself and, slowly, to everyone else. She and her ex-husband have an amicable divorce and have continued to co-parent closely. Elissa... Read More →
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Dr. Pamala Plastock

Pamala Plastock has had a strong Jewish identity since early childhood in Newark, NJ. She realized that she is gay and came out of the closet in 1973, only 4 years after the Stonewall riots, which began the modern gay rights movement. Pam has been active in gay rights causes throughout the last 4 decades. She became more involved in daily religious observance over the past 15 years. Pam and Elissa Kaplan have been together for 9 years and... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:00pm - 2:55pm
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