“Trained in Body Electric erotic massage, Bauer also teaches erotic spirituality through workshops such as “Prayerbook of the Body” and (along with New York psychotherapist Michael Cohen) “Celebrating the Body Judaic.” It’s all part of his mission to blend Jewish tradition with a marginalized queer universe. “Everyone brings their own definition of God into the conversation,” he told me. “The work is helping people understand the straightness or narrowness of their God. Many have images of God that actually exclude them.””
WE REMEMBER: GLOBAL LGBTQ COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS
Tisha B’Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It is a time to reflect on the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other communal tragedies of the Jewish people. In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B’Av, GLOE will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda.