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Queering the Schmear - Jewish Halloween's a delish drag at Oasis

by David-Elijah Nahmod

Bay Area Reporter

Thursday March 14, 2019

Costumes are encouraged on March 23, when Congregation Shaar Zahav, San Francisco's synagogue for LGBTQ Jews, families and friends, celebrates Purim, a joyous holiday which is Judaism's answer to Halloween. The congregation is throwing Gender Schmear, a great big Purim party at Oasis.

"Purim is a Jewish holiday that challenges traditional power structures, creating a topsy-turvy upside down and comical night," said Rabbi Mychal Copeland, a lesbian who serves as spiritual leader of Shaar Zahav. "Our ancient texts especially tell us that people should dress as a different gender than their own on this holiday if it brings them joy so we hope that Gender Schmear encourages us to always find our bliss."

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