The Rainbow Jews team

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.

credit Ajamu

credit Ajamu

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.

For Pride 2014, Haaretz.com nominated Surat as ‘one of the new generation of queer Jewish pioneers making waves around the world.’Haaretz LGBT pioneer 2014 (pdf) or direct link.

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/

Surat raises awareness about gender-variant people and places of worship that segregate genders.

Learn about Surat’s recent awareness action at the Jerusalem Wall, the ‘Kotel’: gender-variant people and the right to worship in sacred places that segregate genders
see press reactions: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/162736/transgender-jews-visit-kotel

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.

Get in touch with me via CONTACT US

 

Rainbow Jews volunteers seated, doing role play

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

 

Liberal Judaism logoThe Liberal Judaism team

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.

 
 

Endorsements

"Rainbow Jews provides an important source of Jewish history. I urge people to get involved and support this project in whichever way they can"
Danny Rich


Rabbi Danny Rich
Liberal Judaism CEO
"I am honoured to support Rainbow Jews and to celebrate the huge positive contribution that Jewish people make to the LGBT community and to our wider society. Jewish and LGBT people share many parallels of oppression and of triumph over adversity. As victims of prejudice, it is important for us to stand together united against all hate."
Peter Tatchell


Peter Tatchell
Human Rights Defender

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