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Jay Michaelson


Jay Michaelson is an author, activist, and academic.

He is a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast and the Forward newspaper, and is the author of five books, including the bestselling God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality.

Jay holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, as well as a J.D. from Yale, B.A. from Columbia, and nondenominational rabbinic ordination. A frequent commentator on emerging forms of Jewish identity, Jay is the founder of three Jewish nonprofits: Zeek, the first Jewish online magazine; Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community; and Eshel, an LGBT Orthodox organization.

Currently a Visiting Scholar at Brown University and adjunct professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, Jay has held teaching positions at Boston University Law School, City College of New York, and Yale University. He has been a scholar in residence at dozens of synagogues, Hillels, and other institutions, and has been included on the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews. He lives outside New York City.


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