Booking Information: Bringing Jay Michaelson to Your Community


Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is a sought-after keynote speaker, scholar in residence, and teacher.  To contact Jay’s team, please click this link to send us an email.

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Shorter Bios for Use at Events and Listings (.docx format):

Bio focusing on LGBT activism, legal work, and religious exemptions (160 words)

Bio focusing on The Gate of Tears (140 words)

Bio focusing on Buddhism and meditation (130 words)

Bio focusing on Jewish writing, teaching, and leadership (170 words)

Academic CV



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Below are some of the talks Jay has given over the last few years; click each one for a description from a past event.  For a list of representative institutions, click here.  For sample videos, click here.   And for testimonials, click here.


1.   Law, Religion and Politics


Religious Exemptions and Religious Liberty

Religious Freedom, LGBT Equality, and Reproductive Justice: The New Front in the Culture War

Antisemitism and Xenophobia in the Age of Donald Trump

Journalism in the Age of Alternative Facts 


2.  Academic Lectures

The Thought of Jacob Frank

I’m Just Not That Kind of God: An Introduction to Queer Theology2013febGvG

Homosexuality and Liminality: The Queer Theology of the Boundary Crosser

Queer Activism, Queer Scholarship: Liminality, Identity, and the “Good Gays”   

Harry Hay and the Erotic Dialogical

Polytheism and Nonduality: Integral Kabbalah and the Repersonalization of God


3.  Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Meditation

Meditation Retreats and Instruction.

The Gate of Tears: Difficult Emotions and the Dharma

The Meditation Revolution

When Every Mystical State You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough

What is Spirituality?  

Spirituality and Social Justice

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iSpirituality: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 21st Century Judaism

Pinkwashing Israel/Palestine: It Isn’t Black & White

The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path

God Does Not Exist, God is Existence Itself: An Introduction to Nondual Judaism

Holy Heresy: Jewish Heretics from Jacob Frank to Jewish Renewal

Beyond Leviticus: Queering God, Torah, and Israel  



Feb 27th, 2024
Meditation in Real Life – Finding Balance in a World at War
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