Queering Jewish Parenthood

June 20, 2024 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Queering Jewish Parenthood
1 Willoughby Square, 235 Duffield Street
  • Justice/ Our Neighbors
  • Jewish Learning

Join The Neighborhood on Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 PM for an exploration of Jewish 2SLGBTQIA+ pathways to parenthood and the many avenues people may take as they consider expanding and growing their Queer Jewish families.

Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi will share Jewish sources and stories to spark conversations about the role of queerness in Jewish parenting, navigating life cycles, and re-envisioning what Jewish families can be.

We will then transition to a conversation with experts in family planning to learn about topics related to Queer family building, such as clinical care, psychological safety, and legal planning. This discussion will be moderated by Laura Vladimirova, LMSW, facilitator of the Jewish Fertility Foundation’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Journey to Fertility Support Group and will feature family law attorney Beth Karsevar and RMA Patient Navigator Melanie Allmer.

This event is intended for those who want to consciously introduce a Queer dimension to their approach to Jewish parenthood. Whether you’ve already begun the process of bringing children into the world, you’re not sure where to start, or you’re unsure if parenthood is right for you; whether you’re attending with significant others or solo, or you have a story we haven’t mentioned here, we hope this event will resonate with a variety of identities. If you’re wondering whether this event is right for you, please reach out to [email protected].

About our speakers:

Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi (she/her) (BA, MA, PhD) is not your stereotypical rabbi. A tattooed, poly, queer, suburban stay-at-home parent, Rabbi Nikki brings an engaging teaching style to her work as lifecycle ritual officiant, teacher of Torah, and guest speaker. She was ordained through the Reform Movement in 2013, spent 8 years working in a Hillel setting, and publishes on the intersection of Judaism and sexuality. She’s an avid reader (especially of romance), a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and a convert to Judaism.

Laura Vladimirova (she/her) is the Director of the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House Women’s Center, where she leads accessible and targeted programming and counseling services. Her work supports undocumented expecting and new parents, single parents, immigrants, survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and at-risk families. Laura also works in a group therapy practice, offering individual therapy as well as designing and running support groups, including the Jewish Fertility Foundation’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Journey to Fertility Support Group, which focuses on the intersections of queer identity within couples and families. Laura and her family are Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union.

Beth Karsevar, a Brooklyn-based attorney who has been litigating matrimonial and other family law matters in New York State courts for more than eight years, is a partner at Lefkowicz Law. Beth has extensive experience negotiating and preparing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, and custody agreements. Most recently, Beth has focused her practice on issues that impact LGBTQ+ individuals and families. This includes handling name-change petitions for transgender children and adults, second-parent adoptions, embryo disposition agreements, and judgements of parentage. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her wife and their two children.

Melanie Allmer (she/her) (MSW) is a Patient Navigator at Reproductive Medicine Associates, one of the largest fertility practices in the country, and the world’s leading investor in fertility research. Melanie provides a personalized and supportive experience for patients before they even walk through RMA’s doors. The meaningful connections she makes are also fueled by her own experience as a patient participating in IVF treatment and navigating the family building journey with her wife, Allison. Residing in New Jersey, Melanie is also a fur-mom to her dog, Paisley, and two cats, Boots and Charlotte.