Our project manager
Surat-Shaan Knan is the founder and manager of the landmark Lottery Heritage funded projects Rainbow Jews and Twilight People. Surat-Shaan works for the Liberal Jewish movement UK, and is a campaigner for faith-related LGBTQI* issues.
Since November 2014, Surat-Shaan has joined forces with two major UK Universities to create a documentary for the AHRC funded research project Ritual Reconstructed.
He is a high-profile public speaker and has presented at numerous international conferences including ILGA World ; AIDS 2014 Melbourne, August 2014, WOGA Outgames Human Rights Conference, Antwerp 2013, World Congress of GLBT Jews, Winnipeg, Canada, 2013; Salford University Faith & Sexuality Conference.
In January 2014, Shaan was invited to South Africa for the establishment of the first global interfaith network for LGBTQI* people, at GIN-SOGI International Conference , and is now working toward the official launch in 2015.Since 2013, Surat Shaan is a board member of the World Congress of GLBT Jews keshetldorvdor. As Operation’s Committee member with the Cutting Edge Consortium (CEC), he has assisted in organising national landmark events including the annual CEC Faith Homophobia & Transphobia and Human Rights Conference, London.
Surat Shaan is a transgender activist, and has recently launched the first ever trans* blog published in a UK Jewish mainstream online newspaper. Follow his blog here: http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/the-ponderings-of-a-transgender-jew-in-the-uk/
With an M.A. degree in Psychology (Gender Studies), Journalism and Theatre, he has worked for over a decade as educator and project coordinator with numerous international organisations including Sydney Western University and performing arts groups. The Jewish drag king troupe ‘The Schmooze Brothers’ was one of their most pioneering co-creations.
Coming from a hybrid background and having lived and travelled around the globe, Surat believes in a multi-disciplinary approach: Having a big heart for animals, Surat is committed to helping find a peaceful way of co-existing on this planet; Surat is currently studying Shamanism and mysticism, and feels passionate about exploring spiritual oneness as a way of life.
Surat-Shaan is proud to be trans & genderqueer and enjoys both the neutral address ‘they’ and the preferred gender pronoun he/him.
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Our core volunteer team
Rainbow Jews is a volunteer-led project; we are proud to boast a team of 14 dedicated core volunteers. Meet some featured members of our volunteer team here.
Rainbow Jews has attracted many other contributors and supporters, and we’re always delighted for more people to come and join us.
We couldn’t make it happen without you.
Thank you to all our volunteers!
Our Steering Committee
Rainbow Jews Steering Committee is made up of leading figures across the various sectors who are chosen for their wide range of experience and local knowledge. Meet some featured members of our fantastic committee here
Rainbow Jews is hosted by the registered charity Liberal Judaism. Find out more about this cutting edge organisation and the wonderful people who help manage the Rainbow Jews initiative.