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Art Essay History Nonfiction

From Sheytls to Yarmulkes

By Sammi Siegel, 2015

This zine is about the unique experience of transgender Jews, examined through personal narratives that explore the idea of gender and sexuality among different sects of Judaism. Through this artistic portrayal of these narratives, I hope to analyze the unique difficulties and challenges transgender Jews face as their religious and gender identities collide. By examining these stories, I have found that traditional Jewish practices and obligations further restrict gender exploration, and cause transgender Jews to feel increased discomfort and dysphoria.

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