Michaelson is a writer, scholar, and activist
whose work addresses the intersections of
Judaism, sexuality, spirituality, and law.
a writer, Jay is is the author of three books
and over 200 articles, essays, and works of
fiction. He is a columnist for the Forward,
the Huffington Post, Tikkun, and Reality Sandwich
magazine, and the author of Everything is
God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (2009),
God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and
Embodied Spiritual Practice (2006), and Another
Word for Sky: Poems (2008). He is also the
founding editor of Zeek: A Jewish Journal
of Thought and Culture, and a contributor
to Slate, The Jerusalem Post, and other publications.
an activist, Jay is the executive director
of Nehirim, a nonprofit organization which
builds community for GLBT Jews, partners,
and allies. His work in this area has been
published in anthologies including Torah Queeries,
The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, and
Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice,
and featured in the New York Times and NPR.
a scholar, Jay is completing his Ph.D in Jewish
Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A.
magna cum laude from Columbia, and has held
teaching positions at Boston University Law
School, City College of New York, and Yale
University. Jay has also been a scholar-in-residence
at dozens of synagogues, Hillels, and other
February, 2009, Jay returned from five months
of silent meditation retreat in Massachusetts
and Nepal. He presently lives in upstate New