A Gay Jewish Reading List

Earlier this week, Wayne Hoffman wrote about a funny thing and shared the meaning behind the names of a few of his characters. 
When I was first coming out 25 years ago, there were precious few books about being gay and Jewish. Thankfully, that’s not the case today. There are enough to fill whole bookcases. But will anyone who isn’t gay read them? Continue reading here.

15 responses to “A Gay Jewish Reading List

  1. Great list. I love T. Cooper. I also enjoyed The Dyke and the Dybbuk by Ellen Galford — very smart and very funny. I don’t know David Feinberg’s work — I’ll check it out. Thanks, Wayne!!

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  6. Although not primarily about the homosexuality of one son and the transvestism of another, Myron Brinig’s “Singermann” (1929) may be the earliest example of an American book “about being gay and Jewish.”

  7. In my queer literature and theory course at the University of East Anglia in England, I will be teaching Leanne Lieberman’s book Gravity. It’s a YA novel and I think it does a good job of exploring religion and sexuality.

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  9. The Syracuse University Press has another book of interest to this subject- The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture by Warren Hoffman.
    You can find more information about the book at http://www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu

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  11. Great list! I’d add 2 others: “Geography of the Heart,” Fenton Johnson’s beautifully written novel about a gay Jewish man (who dies of AIDS) & his non-Jewish partner, and “The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon,” Richard Zimler’s superb story of Jews in Portugal shortly after the Inquisition arrived, with a wonderful description of the close friendship between a straight man & a gay man.

    For 15 years I was a member of a wonderful Book Group, sponsored by GLBT synagogue Bet Mishpachah in Washington, D.C. — the group read books by, for or about GLBTs and/or Jews, including many on your list.

  12. For midrash/historical fiction I would add Queering the Text, a wonderful collection of stories by Andrew Ramer.
    For LGBT-themed discussions of the greatest Jewish book, there is the anthology Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, edited by Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer.

  13. Great list. One I would add is “Wrestling With God and Men” by Rabbi Steven Greenberg.

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  15. I have been compiling a list of books and a list of movies of interest to the Jewish LGBT community at my website:

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