Screening: The Man I Am (Bay Area)

On Sunday, November 6, at 3:30 PM, A Wider Bridge co sponsors a screening of the transgender Israeli documentary “The Man I Am,” followed by a panel discussion on Transgender Issues.

“The Man I Am” is a 44-minute Israeli documentary depicting the lives of several transgender men. Moving and powerful, this documentary celebrates the right of individuals to become “who you are really against all odds.” Admission: $12. Students: Free.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Shawn Stephens and Maggid Jhos Singer.

Maggid Jhos Singer has served the Coastside Jewish Community as its head teacher and service leader since January 2000. He received smicha from Rabbi Gershon Winkler in 2002 as a Maggid – literally “one who tells.” The title of Maggid was used in the early Chassidic movement to describe a person of learning who was skilled in storytelling, preaching, counseling, teaching and singing.

Jhos holds a degree in music from UCLA, and spent many years working in a variety of occupations: oceanographic researcher, scuba diver, music teacher, fire fighter, symphonic percussionist, and barrista. His deep and inspirational teaching draws from this wildly diverse background. As a spiritual teacher and guide, Jhos is playful, creative and challenging. As a service leader, his enthusiasm, energy, and reverent irreverence serve to inspire and uplift our community. In addition to working with Coastside Jewish Community, Jhos has served on the faculty of Chochmat haLev and other Bay Area Jewish institutions, and is an independent Jewish educator, lifecycle facilitator, and spiritual counselor.

Jhos is available for pastoral counseling as well as ritual facilitation around gender transitions and LGBTIQ events such as baby namings, commitment ceremonies and weddings, conversions, etc. For more information about Jhos and his work, visit his website.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville

Sponsors: A Wider Bridge, Contra Costa JCC, Beth Chaim Congregation, Keshet